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.

The consultation will close on 21 August 2013.

Source: Home Office: Consultation on tackling illegal immigration in privately rented accommodation (3 July 2013).

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