Tagged: tenant reference

MPs raise worries over lettings industry and Immigration Bill

MPs raise worries over lettings industry and Immigration Bill

A report by a cross-party group of MPs has thrown serious doubt on to how the immigration status of prospective tenants can be checked by landlords – checks that, in reality, will be carried...




Badly drafted Immigration Bill will have to be amended, minister concedes

Badly drafted Immigration Bill will have to be amended, minister concedes

The Immigration Bill has been so badly drafted that it would have allowed legalised squatting. Clause 17 of the Bill, as it stands, makes it impossible for landlords who have breached the requirement to...




The accidental landlord: using Google to access potential tenants

The accidental landlord: using Google to access potential tenants

Victoria Whitlock finds Google a more useful tool than credit checks when it comes to assessing a would-be tenant Google your own name and, unless you’re so vain you do it all the time,...




Landlords face £188m in tenant immigration check costs

Landlords face £188m in tenant immigration check costs

Landlords could face extra costs of up to £188m over the next ten years if laws requiring them to check tenants’ immigration status come into force. According to the government’s impact assessment, the cost...




Lettings industry reform does not go far enough

Lettings industry reform does not go far enough

It is good news that the UK government is going ahead with its Tenants Charter that will better protect renters from the worst excesses of rogue landlords and lettings agents and it is much...




September round up of private rented sector

September round up of private rented sector

September, a traditionally busy time of year as students move into new accommodation for the academic year, has also been another busy month for the private rented sector.  Finally guidance has been published on...




Government set to U-turn on immigrant checks, claim

Government set to U-turn on immigrant checks, claim

The Government is set to do a U-turn on plans to force landlords to check their tenants’ immigration status or face fines of up to £3,000. According to a report in the Daily Mail,...




Research reveals the extent of hidden tenants in the UK

Research reveals the extent of hidden tenants in the UK

Some 49% of residential letting agencies in the UK have found people living unofficially in rented accommodation during checks on the property. That amounts to 3.3 million people and 75% of these resident ‘ghosts’...




Anti-Social Behaviour Legislation Change To Help Landlords Evict Bad Tenants

Anti-Social Behaviour Legislation Change To Help Landlords Evict Bad Tenants

New Government legislation preventing Anti-Social Behaviour is going through Parliament this year and the changes in the law could make a huge difference to UK private rental sector (PRS) landlords who have previously had difficulties evicting...




Relationship between agents and landlords ‘could worsen over migrant checks’

Relationship between agents and landlords ‘could worsen over migrant checks’

Proposals to make private landlords responsible for checking the immigrant status of tenants have been slammed by the Residential Landlords’ Association. The body says the plans could create further friction between landlords and agents. The...