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Landlords being asked to check whether they are letting to illegal immigrants

Landlords being asked to check whether they are letting to illegal immigrants

A trial has begun from the 1st December in the Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton areas of the UK (Not Sheffield) shifting the responsibility to ensure that any tenant(s) you rent to have the right to be in the UK, by checking their immigration status. 

If a landlord fails to identify anyone occupying their home can result in fines of up to £3,000 per occupant. 

This is a trial being run to see how the industry copes with the checking responsibility and it is intended to sift out illegal immigrants that are looking for accommodation and the system will operate very similar to the requirements imposed on employers currently, which has been running for some time now.

In this area any landlord must check the residential status of any occupiers of their property that are over 18, even if they are not names on the tenancy. 

An interesting and trial and one that we will be keeping an eye on as if successful it could be rolled out to the rest of the UK and we would advise all our landlords on any changes that could affect them as part of our extensive Landlord Services and ensure that they took the necessary changes and precautions in procedures, particularly for any Sheffield Property that was let and managed through Belvoir! Sheffield

Belvoir! Sheffield is the one stop specialist for Sales and Residential Lettings and Property Management, Investment and Wealth Management Advice, Fit-outs and Renovations, Property Insurances and Mortgages. Belvoir! Sheffield was the winner of the Belvoir Franchise of the Year Award for 2013 and is a multi award winning agency.

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