Landlords fined for illegal immigrants? – there’s a get-out-of-jail-free card

The immigration bill became law in May. Landlords need to ensure that their tenants are not illegal immigrants and have the right to reside in the UK or risk potential fines. The implementation was unclear, this announcement seeks to carify.

From 1 December this year, landlords in Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton will face the possibility fines of up to £3,000 per illegal immigrant if they have failed to verify tenants’ identity documents. (They have also created simple leaflet to explain who is affected.) Once the first phase has been completed it is expected to roll out across the UK next year. Many landlords currently check and store copies of their tenants’ identity documents, but only 1 in 5 feels confident in their ability to verify ID.

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