New offences over right to rent checks come into force

As of yesterday, 1st December 2016, a new set of penalties have been introduced in relation to Right to Rent checks within the UK. From February of this year landlords, or their letting agents, could be fined up to £3,000 for failing to complete immigration checks before letting a property. Now however, under new provisions set out by the Home Offices, four new criminal offences have been introduced which could result in unlimited fines and / or up to five years in jail for those guilty of persistent breaches or failure to remove illegal immigrants from a property.

The managing director of the Association of Residential Letting Agents, David Cox, commented that the new offences would only be welcomed if they achieve the central aim of prosecuting and fining criminal landlords.


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