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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Immigration checks for Landlords

Following the pilot scheme in the West Midlands, it looks like the requirement for landlords to carry out immigration checks on all tenants will come into force in the Autumn.

In a nutshell all landlord will have to check that any new tenants and occupants over the age of 18  from that date onwards have leave to live in the UK.  All occupants with UK, EU and Swiss passports will have leave, for anyone else you will need to check that they have the necessary paperwork in place.

Checks must be done in person, copies must be taken of all the necessary documents and retained for 12 months after the tenancy expires.

Failure to carry out the checks can result in fines up to £3000 per occupant.

I will keep you posted as to when it is due to start and set out in more details what you need to do.

In the meantime if you have any queries please email me at

Rebecca Brough

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1 comment:

Alan said...

Yet another piece of legislation that causes extra work for the good landlord and will probably do nothing to stop the really bad one who will ignore it and use devious means to protect himself from the risk of being fined.