ITS OFFICIAL! Right to Rent breaches Criminal Offence from December 2016 | Discuss

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ITS OFFICIAL! Right to Rent breaches Criminal Offence from December 2016
12:44 pm
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On Friday 4th October the Home Secretary announced that failure to comply with the Right to Rent scheme will become a criminal offence from this December.

Under the Immigration Act 2016 it has been an offence to knowingly let a property to an illegal immigrant since 1st February. 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. Where those who do not comply with this new law can currently face civil penalties, such as fines of up to £3,000.

However, over the last few months, the criminalisation of the Right to Rent scheme has been a hot topic of discussion in the House of Commons.

Amber Rudd confirmed at last weeks Conservative Party Conference that failure to comply with Right to Rent law will become a criminal offence as of December 2016.

So time is of the essence here!

All landlords and letting agents need to make sure that they are aware of their legal duties now, to avoid potential criminal sanctions in the future.

Protecting landlords is always at the forefront of our minds at the TR Group, which is why we launched our very own Home Office Compliant TR Immigration Document Checking Service for landlords and letting agents last month.

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.

Find out how this new system works by clicking here.

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Ha,Ha Laugh This government doesn’t even put the illegal immigrants in Prison they just let them run around loose on bail and let them go missing, but Mrs Smith 80 years old looking to supplement her pauper pension gets a years bird for offering them a home.


The world is mad…

4:40 pm


If the tenant on the contract takes in a lodger without asking you and they are not checked

Who gets the jail term? 

10:21 pm
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The tenant

This is because even though a tenancy usually states that taking on a lodger would not normally be refused it is the tenant that becomes the LL of the lodger.

It is not possible with most mortgages for sub-letting to be allowed

Therefore a LL may give permission for the tenant to take on a LODGER only, but the tenant is responsible legally for RTR checks.

But of course the main LL would wish to know who the lodger is to be. Any criminal offence could invalidate LL insurance

Even an unreported motoring offence!!

If a lodger is charged then it is a material fact and must be reported by the tenant to the LL who MUST inform the insurance company

Not such a good idea is it!?

Allowing tenants to take on lodgers!

5:45 pm

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is this retrospective? or only for new tenants?

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