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Tenants More Comfortable With Immigrant Checks Than Landlords

September 20, 2013 | Landlord News   Professionals  

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Research conducted by the National Landlord Association (NLA) found that, out of a sample of 605 tenants, 87% did not object to landlords checking their immigrant status, and 82% said they thought it was fair that tenants should be required to prove their right to reside in the UK. Only 18% said they would not be happy sharing their immigrant status with their landlord.

With the Government planning to make such checks mandatory, it is a relief to know that the majority of tenants are willing to cooperate. However, the concern for landlords remains, as failure to properly check a tenant’s immigrant status, which results in unknowingly providing housing to someone who has no legal right to reside in the UK, will lead to a large fine.

The NLA has raised a number of concerns regarding what is expected of landlords and how these expectations are to be met in practice, and the lack of qualification landlords have in taking on the responsibilities of trained border patrol staff.

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Carolyn Uphill, NLA chairman, said, “It is reassuring that the majority of tenants are comfortable with the concept of expanded tenant checks – in particular immigration checks. Tenant checking is an essential process for assessing the potential risk of default and we advise all landlords to conduct such checks before granting a tenancy.

“It is essential that all tenants comply with the rules, when introduced. If landlords are to be held responsible for non-compliance, they must not let property to those who refuse to follow the imminent legislation.”

 

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