Home Office Consultation on Immigration Status Checks
The Home Office has published a consultation on proposals to require private landlords to check the immigration status of new tenants.
The consultation is seeking views on proposals that:
Before renting accommodation to anyone to live in as their main or only home, landlords will have to check evidence (from a checklist of documents) of that person's permission to be in the UK. Landlords will be required to retain a copy of that evidence for their records.
Landlords will not usually be required to make further checks following the initial checks. However, if the tenant was a foreign national with an immigration time limit on their stay, a further check must be made annually or, if later, when the person’s permitted stay is due to expire.
If an illegal migrant is found to be living in rented accommodation, the landlord (or, where relevant, the letting agent) will be subject to a penalty (unless the illegal migrant was already living in the property when the new rules were introduced).
The government is considering whether the policy on checking immigration status should apply to lodgers and subtenants.
Commission unlikely to charge charities for filing accounts
The Charity Commission's head of compliance monitoring, Neville Brownlee, reassured a public meeting this week that a portal for joint filing of a charitable company's accounts with the Commission and Companies House is a “much more likely outcome” than charging charities fees to file their accounts with the Commission.
On 1 July 2016, the Charity Commission launched a consultation on how it proposes to use its new power in section 1 of the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 to issue official warnings to charities and charity trustees, as set out in draft guidance.