The Government is proposing new legislation to require private landlords to make immigration checks on new tenants and has today published a consultation.  According to the Government:

  • These checks will be quick and straightforward for law-abiding landlords and tenants to comply with. 
  • The Home Office will publish guidance and offer a support service to landlords making the checks. 
  • Penalties will be proportionate for those landlords who inadvertently breach the requirements but will be significant for those rogue landlords who repeatedly provide accommodation to multiple illegal migrants.

The proposals have been published here.

The online questionnaire will be open for replies until 21 August 2013 which can be found here.

Enquiries regarding the consultation can be sent to holandlordregulation@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk