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According to a new report, Right to Rent legislation is the number one stress for over a third of buy to let landlords.
Conducted by an online letting agent, their study also reveals that only rent arrears and sorting out property repairs are voted as more stressful that the new immigration checks.
Understandably those that are suffering the most are high immigration areas, such as London, the South East, the West Midlands, the East of England and the North West. Furthermore, landlords are concerned that they are paying over the odds for all the reference checks they must now undertake to fully comply with the latest legislation.
Back in April 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 came 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.
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 more cost effective, 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.
The RLA want to scrap ‘Right to Rent’ Immigration checks, as it favours those with a British passport https://www.buyassociation.co.uk/2017/06/19/calls-scrap-prs-landlord-immigration-tenant-check-uk/
Correct me if I’m wrong, but having used the TR Group Immigration checks, if you don’t have a passport that doesn’t automatically exclude you from accessing rented accommodation does it? There is other criteria that you can meet without the need of a passport – RLA out of touch ??…………………
RLA are not so much out of touch as reflecting the attitude of landlords. I do not accept tenants without a UK or EU passport as it is the easiest way to let property. Those with limited right to remain go to some other landlord who is willing to accept the extra administrative burden. Who wants to be prosecuted for forgetting to do the checks on a particular day?
I have a friend who has just passed the test. Assisting her I realised that I would have failed dismally and I have lived in the UK all my life. How many British born citizens know the date at which it became legal for a woman to divorce her husband? Surely it is only necessary to know that it is possible now?
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