Are you aware of the upcoming Right to Rent changes?

Under the Immigration Act 2014 legislation all landlords and agents have a legal responsibility to ensure those without lawful immigration status are prevented from accessing the private rented sector. Allowing those without a lawful right to be in the UK to rent property supports them in establishing a settled life here, rather than to make provision to return to their home country. This creates a significant cost to the public purse, including through the provision of local authority support, and also reduces the amount of housing stock available to those who are lawfully residing in the UK.

As of 13 February the penalties for violating Right to Rent rules will increase significantly from £80 per lodger and £1,000 per occupier for a first breach to a substantial £5,000 per lodger and £10,000 per occupier.

Landlords and agents are reminded that, in addition to the hefty fines, failure to check the occupier’s right to rent status may result in potential imprisonment. With the looming changes, it is imperative for landlords to stay informed and ensure full compliance with the revised regulations to avoid severe financial consequences and legal ramifications.

There is a code of practice for Right to Rent, issued by the Home Office, which can be found at:

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