LETTINGS NEWS: Tougher penalties if landlords miss immigration checks
There are new tougher penalties for landlords who fail to make the correct checks under Right To Rent – the name for the immigration procedures conducted on new tenants.
Failing to make the checks, or allowing tenants to rent a property when they are not qualified to do so, now becomes a criminal offence. Landlords falling foul of the regulations face a fine of up to £3,000 and in extreme circumstances could face five years in prison.
The new penalties are not intended to deter people becoming landlords but are to tighten immigration checks: however, the procedure can be complicated for some landlords, demonstrating the need for professional assistance from experienced letting agents.
East of Exe has a proven track record of handling these checks.