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Landlords Face Tougher Penalties for Flouting Rules


Landlords around the UK who flout migrant rules look set to face tougher penalties of up to five years in prison under new legislation being drawn up by the Government.

Along with landlords, employers will also face sanctions if they knowingly take on someone without permission to live and work in the country after the UK leaves the European Union.
The plans for the post-Brexit illegal migrant clampdown has been revealed by The Times with a white paper setting out the plan being published in a few months.

However, businesses have already been reassured that they are not facing ‘a cliff edge situation’ and the changes being planned will be unveiled and introduced gradually.
There will also be allowances for employers to take on low-skilled migrants for seasonal agricultural work, for instance.

Private landlords and businesses will be shouldering much of the burden

Unfortunately, ministers are already admitting privately that private landlords and businesses will be shouldering much of the burden for policing the country’s migration system.

The latest revelations will not come as good news to many landlords who already face the prospect of fines and a five-year maximum jail term if they knowingly let their property to an illegal migrant under legislation brought in last year.

A spokesman for the Home Office told the newspaper that leaving the European Union will offer the UK an opportunity to take control of its immigration system which is what the plans will do.
Under the new immigration system, landlords will need to understand how to check for permits and visas which may include new work permit and a potential five-year working Visa.

The Right to Rent checks which are carried out in England have been controversial since their first inception and the Association of Residential Letting Agents has raised its concerns with the Home Office ahead of the system being rolled out to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Experience of letting agents in England is one of frustration

Indeed, a spokesman for ARLA said: “The experience of letting agents in England is one of frustration as they do not see a connection between the scheme’s objectives and Right to Rent process.

“While Right to Rent intends to create a hostile environment for people without a right to accommodation, there is a widespread belief among letting agents that tenants who are rejected go on to find accommodation through agents and landlords who are not complying with the scheme.”


About S Thompson

Simon Thompson is Chairman of the Landlord Syndicate and CEO / Co Founder of Accommodation for Students Ltd.

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