Landlord - Gatekeepers for Immigration?
As part of the clampdown against illegal immigration, private Landlords throughout England now have to conduct “right to rent” checks against their tenants. Landlords who fail to do so can be fined up to £3,000 per tenant and Landlords who persistently fail to conduct right to rent checks can be prosecuted under the criminal law.
The changes were introduced courtesy of the Immigration Act 2014 and took effect from 1st February 2016. Under the legislation, only people with the right to stay in the UK are permitted to rent.