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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Amendment to the Immigration Bill

It's good to hear that some common sense has prevailed.

MPs agreed on Monday to amend the Immigration Bill to help protect landlords wanting to evict illegal immigrants.

The changes to the Right to Rent scheme gives greater protection to landlords along as they are perceived to have taken 'reasonable steps in an appropriate time frame' to terminate the tenancy of tenants in this country illegally.

Prior to the amendment to the Immigration Bill,  criminal sanctions against a landlord would commence immediately if it was upon discovered there had been a potential failure to carry out the proper Right to Rent checks. preventing a  landlord/agent from evicting a tenant.

RLA Policy Director, David Smith comments:  

“The RLA warmly welcomes the Government’s pragmatic changes to its Right to Rent scheme that will provide protection for good landlords from the unintended consequences of the policy. It is particularly helpful that the changes were approved by MPs without a vote, a sign of cross party support for the measure.”

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