Home Office has published a guidance for landlords affected by the introduction of right to rent immigration checks.
Under a new measure in the Immigration Act to be rolled out on 1st December 2014, landlords will face a fine of up to £3,000 if they if they rent homes to irregular immigrants.
Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire said the new measure will be first launched in Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton as part of a phased introduction across the country.
The new law gives private landlords the right to check if their prospective tenants are in the country legally.
The Home Office says that in most cases landlords will be able to carry out the checks without contacting their offices. All they need to do is check evidence of a person’s identity and citizenship, for example a passport or biometric residence permit.
It is important to note that the right to rent checks for now only apply to: landlords in Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton; all adults aged 18 and over living at the property; and new tenancy agreements starting on or after 1st December 2014.
Click here to download the Guidance for landlords affected by the introduction of right to rent immigration checks.