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June 10, 2014

Immigration Act 2014 – what you need to know.

Filed under: Property — nspresources @ 11:53 am
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The Immigration Act 2014 has now become law.  Among other things it imposes strict rules for anyone who lets property or rooms to check the immigration status of prospective tenants/lodgers. Fines of up to £3000 can be levied for failure to comply with this requirement.  There has been a lot of speculation in the property news feeds prior to this act becoming law and a lot of fear has been generated that landlords will be victimised for failing to comply with an unworkable law.  After all if government ministers, with all their resources, are unable to be sure of their staff’s immigration status then how on earth can the ordinary landlord do so?

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins has however emphasised that these checks will be ‘as simple and straightforward as possible’ and that the intention is not to catch out ‘well-intentioned landlords for small mistakes’.

So what does all this really mean for you?

1.) Don’t panic: the intended start date for implementation  is October 2014 and there will be full guidelines issued prior to implementation.

2.) This only applies to new tenancies. You won’t have to conduct checks on existing tenants.

3.) The government will create tools to help you, including an online checking resource for landlords similar to that currently available to employers.

4.) Be careful though; these measures will apply to all private landlords, including homeowners who take in lodgers and tenants who sub-let. 

 

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