Right to rent puts private landlords at risk of fines
IN THE KNOW:
Staff at Romans West Drayton, incorporating Campsie, have received training in how to check that tenants have a right to rent in the UK.
AS OF Monday, the ‘right to rent’ scheme came into play across the whole of England. Any landlords housing tenants who do not supply valid documents to satisfy the requirements of the Immigration Act 2014 will now be facing up to £3,000 worth of fines per person.
Dale Craft, lettings manager at Romans West Drayton, incorporating Campsie, said: “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 the private landlords that are most at risk of facing the fines.
“All private landlords or their agents – including those subletting or taking lodgers – 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.These initiatives come with a cost and the government cannot expect private landlords to pay out these expenses, and I believe it’s actually unfair to put this extra pressure on landlords.”
“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.
“Your agent should pick up the responsibility of these right to rent checks and the extra administrative burdens and be responsible for keeping you abreast of all other legislation changes that affect your investments, leaving you worry-free.”
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 West Drayton, incorporating Campsie, on 01895 456 500, or register your interest in Romans’ investment services here: romans.co.uk/investors/ choice-service.
Dale Craft, lettings manager at Romans West Drayton incorporating Campsie.