An immigration solicitor has criticized the newly introduced Right to Rent scheme saying it “is a complicated piece of legislation”.
Paragon Law’s Mark Lilley-Tams told a seminar in Nottingham that almost three-quarters of landlords in the UK don’t understand the implications of the new scheme, Propertyinvestortoday.co.uk reported.
The Right to Rent scheme which entered into force on 1st February 2016 requires landlords to carry out checks on all new adult tenants to make sure they have the right to rent property.
Landlords who fail to carry out checks risk a potential penalty of up to £3,000 per tenant.
Lilley-Tams described the Right to Rent scheme as “a complicated piece of legislation” which is part of the government’s plan to make it difficult for irregular immigrants to live in the UK.
“However, landlords are also suffering from a chronic lack of information from the government. Latest figures show that 90 per cent of residential landlords have received no information about Right to Rent and what they need to do. Neither are landlords clear what sort of guidance is needed. It’s a very muddled picture right now,” Propertyinvestortoday.co.uk quoted Lilley-Tams to have said.
Lilley-Tams added: “Evidencing the right to be in the UK is a difficult process given the wide array of different documents available to prove this and landlords are generally not experts on immigration law.”
The scheme has also been criticized by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) saying it turns landlords into border guards.
JCWI holds that the measure will increase discrimination against all BME migrants and British citizens without documents.