The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has announced that there will be:
New measures requiring landlords to conduct “right to rent” checks on their tenants’ immigration status before offering a tenancy agreement.
A new criminal offence targeted at unscrupulous landlords and agents who repeatedly fail to conduct “right to rent” checks or fail to take steps to remove illegal immigrants from their properties. Landlords may face a fine, up to five years’ imprisonment and further sanctions under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
Measures in the immigration Bill to enable landlords to evict illegal immigrant tenants more easily by enabling them to end a tenancy when a person’s leave to remain in the UK ends.
The DCLG has also published a consultation on the government’s proposals for tackling rogue landlords. The proposals include blacklisting rogue landlords and letting agents, extending Rent Repayment Orders and introducing civil penalties.
The consultation ends on 27 August 2015 and applies to England only. It will be of particular interest to local authorities, letting agents and tenant groups.