New measures soon to be introduced to Parliament will make it much harder for anyone without the right to live in the UK to rent a home.
From 1st February 2016, all private landlords will be required to ensure that tenants have the Right to Rent by being in the country legally.
There are some exemptions:
- Long leases;
- Existing occupiers;
- Renewals of previous occupants.
Critics have argued that the legislation places an unfair burden on landlords who have been provided with no additional resources to implement the legislation correctly leading to fines of up to £3000. It has also been suggested that it will lead to landlords inadvertently discriminating against potential tenants with foreign sounding names which could lead to rejected tenants taking legal action and winning significant amounts of damages – for example – an award to ‘injury to feelings’ could result in an award of over £6000.