MPs approve changes to the Right to Rent Immigration Bill
Yesterday MPs approved measures to the Immigration Bill that relax the initial threat of ‘immediate criminality’ for letting agents or landlords waiting to evict illegal immigrants from their properties.
The change comes after the original wording of the legislation meant agents and landlords would face immediate fines upon the discovery that they’d failed to make sure their tenants had the right to rent property in the UK, before having the chance to evict them.
Approved by MPs without a vote, it is encouraging that this measure has received cross party support.
This follows last months Government announcement that landlords will no longer be immediately criminalised for failing to pick up illegal tenants. These changes to the Immigration Bill now provide landlords who take reasonable steps in an appropriate time frame to terminate tenancies of those living in the country illegally.
Since the implementation of Jumio’s Netverify, Right to Rent ID checks have not only increased at LandlordReferencing.co.uk, but our landlord members referencing process has also become much quicker and easier to perform, ensuring their tenants are indeed who they say they are.
“At Tenant Referencing UK we’re all about giving our letting agents and landlords peace of mind that they are complying with the new regulation while also delivering a faster and easier ID check for their tenants. Helping landlords and letting agencies verify the veracity of their tenants’ documents can be a challenging work. Jumio’s Netverify offers LandlordReferencing.co.uk the in-depth expertise needed for performing checks of IDs from over 130 countries without hindering the user experience.” said Paul Routledge, CEO at LandlordReferencing.co.uk.