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An urgent meeting has been called by the Home Office on the documentation used in Right to Rent immigration checks which are set to be rolled out UK wide later this year.
The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) which is taking part in the meeting has said “that it has been called at short notice and will gather views on possible changes to the list of acceptable ID documents in the Code of Practice for the Right to Rent scheme.”
The ARLA said that in the last meeting of the Landlords Consultative Panel back on the 7th of July, they heard that during the pilot project in the West Midlands 25% of calls to the Office’s Landlord Checking Service were about the list of acceptable documents, so James Brokenshire the immigration minister noted the need to reflect on the list of acceptable documents in the Right to Rent Code of Practice.
Since December landlords and agents operating in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall have been required to check the immigration status of all new adult tenants, sub-tenants and lodgers entering into new tenancies to assess whether they have the right to rent in the UK.
Section 20 to 37 of the Immigration Act 2014 contains provisions to make it compulsory for landlords to check the immigration status of all new adult tenants; failure to do so could lead to a penalty of £1,000 per tenant and £80 per lodger which rises to £3,000 and £500 for any repeated offences by landlords or agents.
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