Threat of jail for housing illegal immigrants

The government has announced a series of measures to tackle illegal immigration. They will be included in the forthcoming Immigration Bill that will require landlords to check the immigration status of prospective tenants. Landlords will face tougher penalties including a prison sentence of up to five years if they persistently let to illegal immigrants. The new legislation will also empower landlords to evict illegal immigrant tenants, after a short notice period, without the need for a court process for repossession, unless eviction requires the use of force. For those landlords and letting agents repeatedly convicted of housing offences the government also plans to create a blacklist.

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