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According to new figures published by the Government, a total of 31 people have been deported as a result of the Right to Rent scheme - with 75 landlords fined.
Although the Home Office says that it doesn't hold figures for the number of illegal migrants in the PRS, they can reveal that between July 1st 2015 and June 30th 2016 7,806 calls were made to the Home Office's helpline for landlords, with 654 people involved in investigations or named on documents relating to right to rent penalties.
Under the Immigration Act 2014 it has been an offence to knowingly let a property to an illegal immigrant since 1st February 2016, as part of Government reforms to build a ‘fairer and more effective’ immigration system. Landlords are also legally obliged to carry out follow up checks if someone has a time-limited right to rent and are responsible for reporting those without right to rent to the Home Office. Those who do not carry out the checks properly or fail to move illegal migrants from their property face up to five years in jail and unlimited fines, as of December 2016.
A recent poll undertaken by the TR Group in the last quarter of 2016 worryingly revealed that 50% of 1,000 landlords where unaware of any such legislation being in place at all - meaning that circa. one million landlords are risking imprisonment of up to five years and/or an unlimited fine for failing to comply.
Thankfully upon joining us we were able to educate them, as at Tenant Referencing UK we have our very own Home Office Compliant TR Immigration Document Checking Service for landlords and letting agents.
Not only can our new service verify whether a tenant has the right to rent in the UK, it is also the cheapest and most comprehensive Immigration Check available on the buy to let market (to-date); at £5 (5 credits) per report.
How can there be more landlords prosecuted than immigrants deported ffs?! Would that mean even though landlords are made to be border control officers for free or go to prison this lily-livered government still does not send them back. The real story is landlords are again made to pay for governments failed policies and implementation of correct procedure.
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