A new controversial law where landlords check a tenants right to live in the UK launches today
From today, the 1st Feb 2016, Landlords must check to make sure tenants have the right to rent and live in the UK. Any landlord found renting to a tenant who should not be in the UK will face a fine of £1000 and then £3000 for every subsequent event. This new law is designed to check the immigration status of tenants.
The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) found that 72% of landlords do not fully understand their obligations, 90% had not received any information from the government regarding their new duty, and that 44% of landlords would only accept documents they where familiar with.
Many landlords are also concerned that they be accused of being discriminatory or racist and that the new legislation is a bureaucratic minefield. There is also concern that vulnerable people may turn to black market or be forced to live homeless.
Over 12 million UK citizens do not hold a passport and in the UK we do not have compulsory photo IDs. This could lead to genuine tenants not being able to rent as they cannot prove their identity as landlords may not accept these tenants.