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The landlord as immigration officer

25th March 2014

If passed into law in its current form, the Immigration Bill will require Landlords to obtain more comprehensive tenant references and conduct frequent checks on their immigration status. This would presumably mean checking for a valid visa before allowing a tenancy, making sure this visa covers the full period of the tenancy and re-checking if before allowing any tenancy renewal. Any landlord, or agent for that matter who neglects to do this will face a civil penalty, yet to be named.

The government intends to implement the scheme this October and says it will provide email and telephone support to landlords in individual cases to ensure they stay on the right side of the law.

As London is such an international city, there must be few landlords who have not let to overseas tenants and all must be prepared for this legislation

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