Right to rent puts pri­vate land­lords at risk of fines

Harefield Gazette - - PROPERTY -

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.

LET­TINGS AD­VICE:

Dale Craft, let­tings man­ager at Ro­mans West Dray­ton in­cor­po­rat­ing Camp­sie.

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