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Tenant Checks More Important Because Of New Immigration Rules


Thursday, October 16, 2014
Tenant Checks More Important Because Of New Immigration Rules

Tenant Checks More Important Because Of New Immigration Rules

Tenant Checks Even More Vital From 1st December

UK private rental sector landlords are being reminded about the importance of conducting thorough tenant referencing checks prior to the start of any tenancy as new Government legislation will require them to check the immigration status of every new tenant under the new rules set out in the Immigration Act 2014.

Landlords in the West Midlands will become the first UK region to be responsible for carrying out the ‘right to rent’ tenant referencing checks in order to confirm if a potential tenant has the right to reside in the UK, before they allow them to take on a tenancy. If the tenant referencing checks are not carried out landlords could face a fine of up to £3,000 (GBP).

The new Immigration Act legislation will be rolled out across the whole of the UK during 2015.

Legal 4 Landlords and UK landlord associations, including the Residential Landlords association (RLA), National Landlords Association, (NLA), recommend that all UK private rented sector landlords comprehensively conduct proper background checks on all potential tenant applicants in order to reduce the risk of letting to undesirable or unreliable tenants, in order to comply with the new legislation, and to minimise the risk of the prospective tenant accruing rent arrears, should the landlords not choose to utilise rent protection insurance.Tenant Referencing by Legal 4 Landlords provides landlords and letting agents with the ability to thoroughly conduct all types of background checks on prospective tenants, including employment, rental and credit checks to a market leading professional standard.

The new Immigration Act legislation requires landlords and their appointed lettings agent to check original ID documents in the presence of the holder and retain copies of all paperwork in addition to the usual tenant referencing checks carried out.

Sim Sekhon

Sim Sekhon

Legal 4 Landlords spokesman, Sim Sekhon said: “Legal 4 Landlords support private sector landlords and the UK lettings industry providing a wide range of specialist products and services to ensure compliance with the law, the Immigration Act will place a legal responsibility on landlords to help prevent illegal immigrants from accessing private rented accommodation. It has always been best practice to conduct a thorough check on prospective tenants, but if landlords don’t do their due diligence on tenants they could be in line for a hefty penalty.”


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