By Thomas Hill – Legal Associate
All landlords in England are required by regulation to conduct a ‘right to rent’ verify earlier than leasing their property to a potential grownup tenant. The objective of this requirement, launched by the Immigration Act 2014 as a part of the federal government’s ‘hostile environment’ coverage, is to stop individuals with out lawful immigration standing from accessing the personal rental sector.
If a landlord is discovered to be renting to somebody who doesn’t have a proper to hire, they might be liable for a civil penalty of up to £3000 per tenant. If they did so knowingly, they might even be committing a legal offence below section 33A of the Immigration Act 2014. However, finishing up proper to hire checks correctly will set up a ‘statutory excuse’ which is able to stop each civil and legal legal responsibility.
This publish is a information on when and the way proper to hire checks have to be completed. For landlords, it offers a step-by-step information, and for tenants or lodgers it offers data on what you must count on your landlord to request from you. In future posts, we’ll contemplate some generally requested questions concerning the precise to hire requirement, and take…
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