S OF Monday (1 February) the ‘right to rent’ scheme came into play across the whole of England.
Any landlord housing tenants who do not supply valid documents to satisfy the requirements of the Immigration Act 2014 will now face up to £3,000 worth of fines.
Richard Frost, head of Lettings at Romans Gerrards Cross, incorporating Bramptons, commented:
“Right to rent has been introduced as part of the government’s reforms to build a fairer and more effective immigration system, and unfortunately, it’s private landlords who are most at risk of facing the fines.
“All private landlords or their agents will have to make the checks to see if their tenants have the right to be in UK before renting their property.
“The government has outlined which documents, or combination of documents, can be checked to prove a tenant has a right to rent in the UK, and these must be seen, with the tenant(s) present, for all tenancies starting from 1 February 2016.
“As an established lettings agency we already implement strict referencing criteria, and as soon as we were alerted of the right to rent scheme we employed an external company to train members of our lettings department in checking the documents required to prove each applicant’s right to rent in the UK and how to identify fraudulent documents.
“If you’re not a professional landlord and you don’t have the time to research and stay on top of all of these changes, my advice would always be to appoint an established letting agent to look after your investments for you.
To find out more about any of the recent or forthcoming legislation changes and for expert property investment advice talk to the team at Romans Gerrards Cross, incorporating Bramptons, on 01753 883 883.
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Richard Frost, head of lettings at Romans Gerrards Cross, and his colleagues offer expert advice on the latest legislation.