The Government’s Right to Rent checks were implemented throughout England from 1 February 2016. This means landlords and letting agents in England can face up to £1,000 penalties for failing to monitor the immigration status of their tenants or lodgers.
It has been suggested that the new laws place an unfair burden on landlords and letting agents, who may lack the knowledge or skills to check if their tenants are allowed to live in Britain. Immigration checks could potentially flout anti-discrimination laws, for example, because landlords and letting agents are not allowed to discriminate by nationality or race when choosing tenants. Landlords need to tread a fine line between immigration compliance and avoiding race discrimination.” Tenants who are rejected unfairly can sue landlords under the 2010 Equality Act. An award for ‘injury to feelings’, for example, can be in the region of £6,600.
Our Rights 2 Rent services can help you navigate your way through the uncertainty of the new requirements and so that you will have a defence to any potential fines. We can help you with any questions about renting residential accommodation in the UK including:
Please contact our immigration team by telephone on +44 (0)20 7959 2358 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements.
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