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Government to crack down on rogue landlords and illegal immigrants

Posted: 15th September 2015   In: Dispute Resolution, Dispute Resolution

The government has announced plans to prevent illegal immigrants renting properties. It will also crack down on rogue landlords who exploit immigrants and supply them with substandard accommodation.

Ministers say measures in the forthcoming Immigration Bill will enable landlords to evict illegal immigrant tenants more easily, by giving them the means to end a tenancy when a person’s leave to remain in the UK ends - in some circumstances without a court order.

This will be triggered by a notice issued by the Home Office confirming that the tenant no longer has the right to rent in the UK. The landlord would then be expected to take action to ensure that the illegal immigrant tenant or occupant leaves the property.

In addition, landlords will be required to conduct “right to rent” checks on their tenants’ immigration status before offering a tenancy agreement. The move follows a successful pilot scheme running in the West Midlands.

There will also be a new criminal offence targeted at unscrupulous landlords and agents who repeatedly fail to conduct the “right to rent” checks or fail to take steps to remove illegal immigrants from their property.

These landlords may face a fine, up to five years’ imprisonment and further sanctions under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Forthcoming legislation will create a blacklist of persistent rogue landlords and letting agents, helping councils to focus their enforcement action on where it is most needed, and keeping track of those who have been convicted of housing offences.

And new measures will prevent a landlord or letting agent from renting out of properties if they are repeat offenders.

Other measures include:

We shall keep clients informed of developments.

Please contact Janice Young if you would like more information about the issues raised in this article or any aspect of commercial property law.

Posted by: Janice Young
Dispute Resolution
Luton Office