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Monday, 8 February 2016

UK Landlords warned on immigration law changes

New laws forcing landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants came into effect this week - but evidence suggests seven in ten of them do not understand the changes.

Under laws which came into force on Monday, landlords who let property in England must carry out checks that their tenants have the “right to rent” property in the UK.

Anyone found letting a home to a tenant who does not have the right can be fined up to £3000.

A new Immigration Bill currently going through Parliament proposes jail sentences of up to five years for people who fail to carry out these checks.

Figures from the Residential Landlord Association showed 90% landlords have not received any information from the government about the new duties and that 72% do not understand them.

An earlier survey found half of landlords were not prepared for the changes and 20% believed they had until April 2017 to prepare for them.

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