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Brought in under the Immigration Act 2014, Right to Rent was introduced in February last year, it requires Landlords and Agents to check the immigration status of prospective occupiers before they allow them to move in.
As a result of the legislation, a total of 31 people have been deported but also 75 landlords have been fined. The Right to Rent scheme was designed to restrict access to the private rented sector for illegal migrants in order to encourage voluntary departure from the UK and discourage illegal migration.
Breaching the Right to Rent rules became a criminal offence in December last year. Many landlords are struggling with the regulations and are very fearful of getting it wrong. Andrew Luxton MRICS FARLA, Partner in charge of Stags Residential Lettings Department confirms that any tenancy conducted through Stags incorporates a comprehensive tenant referencing procedure which includes compliance with the Right to Rent legislation. Compliance affecting the private rented sector has increased over recent years and it is vital that landlords are fully aware of their obligations and as ARLA licenced agents we are able to ensure that all compliance regulations are adhered to throughout the whole letting process.
If you would like further advice then contact your local Stags letting office or visit our website on stags.co.uk.