According to the Immigrations Act of 2014, private sector landlords have to check whether a tenant has the right to rent private property in the UK based on their immigration status. The following text will elaborate on these responsibilities based on the experiences of the best immigration law solicitors.
Why is it so Important?
As part of the government’s efforts to cut down illegal migration the Immigration Act of 2014 was introduced to implement strict measures to restrict access to services for those who did not have a lawful right to remain in the UK. Among these measures, private sector landlords were required to perform checks on the tenant’s migration status to make sure that they have right to rent the property. Negligence in this regard will result in a civil penalty for the landlord.
What does the Landlord Have to Do?
As per Section 22 of the Immigrations Act, landlords must prevent tenants from occupying the property if they are not allowed to do as per their immigration status. However, the best immigration law solicitors also place emphasis on the exemptions to this rule, which are:-
– Only Adult immigrants (over 18) are subjected to the “right to rent” checks.
– People who are not renting the property as their main home are also exempted.
For more information, get in touch with the best immigration law solicitors at Walker Wise Solicitors on 01254 300 966 or email email@example.com.