At present, new rules for Landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants are being piloted in the areas of Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton. Landlords within these areas are currently under a duty to undertake checks of the immigration status of their tenants. If they do not carry out checks, they can be fined up to £3,000 per tenant that is renting a property if they do not have a right to rent.
The pilot has been running from the 1st December 2014 and landlords in the above areas have been getting to grips with the new system of rules, or delegating the responsibility for carrying out checks to agents to carry out checks on their behalf.
The government have not yet confirmed when the new rules will be rolled out nationwide. However, contrary to previous indications, the Home Office’s evaluation of the pilot period is being brought forward so that a report can be published earlier, with the indication being that the right to rent rules will be rolled out nationwide from Autumn 2015.
This would mean that the requirements for landlords to check immigration status will take effect for all landlords, regardless of where they are in the UK.
As you would expect, we have anticipated these changes and have designed our own inhouse software to enable collection and secure storage of the data we are required to hold. Our software, 'CheckWell' is (as far as we are aware) the only lettings specific immigration compliance software in the sector and will ensure that landlords of Lenwell are fully compliant with Immigration Check regulations.