Changes to Immigration Bill will ‘protect’ landlords

Landlords taking ‘reasonable steps’ are now protected from failing to pick up illegal tenants.

Previously under the Bill, landlords would face immediate criminal sanctions upon discovery that they failed to ensure their tenants had the right to rent property in the United Kingdom.Changes to the Immigration Bill will now provide protection for landlords who take reasonable steps in an appropriate time frame to terminate tenancies of tenants in the country illegally. The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has campaigned for changes to the government’s Right to Rent legislation, and welcomed the government’s proposal. RLA chairman, Alan Ward said: “The RLA warmly welcomes the government’s pragmatic changes to its Right to Rent scheme that will provide protection for good landlords from the unintended consequences of the policy.”

The government has also agreed to look at changes to regulations to enable landlords to provide information such as tenancy deposit schemes to tenants via email instead of in paper form as currently is required. Ward welcomed the change, saying: “In the 21st Century it is ridiculous that landlords are expected to print so much paper when it can be provided at the simple click of the button.”

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