I have previously blogged on the Right to Rent checks that landlords and agents are now responsible to undertake. The Immigration Act 2016 does not alter these but does increase the scope of the penalties that can be imposed on those who breach the requirements.
Whilst there are increased penalties against landlords, there are also wider powers for landlords to seek possession. These apply where either some or all of the tenants are illegal occupiers i.e. do not have the right to reside in the country.
The landlord may require the assistance of the Secretary of State in effecting the possession process and it will be down to the landlord to obtain possession. The correct procedure will need to be followed therefore. Bury & Walkers LLP can assist with obtaining possession of a property.
The Immigration Act is a new law designed to “further crack down on illegal migration” by making it more difficult for illegal immigrants to work, rent property and receive support in the UK. It introduces new sanctions on illegal workers and those who employ them, makes the enforcement of immigration laws easier, and introduces new measures to stop illegal migrants getting driving licences or opening bank accounts. It also puts even more pressure on landlords to make sure tenants have the right to rent, and increases the penalties for those who fail to do so.