Pilot scheme on immigration checks starts today
The pilot scheme where letting agents and landlords must check if prospective tenants have the legal right to seek residency in the UK starts today in the regions of Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Walsall and Dudley. Under the Act, agents will be required to make ID checks to establish the immigration status of all prospective adult occupiers before a residential tenancy agreement is granted. Records will need to be kept for 12 months after the end of the tenancy.
ARLA is monitoring the progress of the pilot scheme in the West Midlands and is working with the Home Office to submit information for government evaluation. It wants agent and landlord feedback, to be sent to Rachel Hartley at email@example.com.
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A useful read for more detail on what is involved for the immigration checks is the following document from Property118: