Right To Rent Checks Being Introduced Soon

Right To Rent Checks Being Introduced Soon

Isle of Wight Landlords will be Held Liable When the Scheme is Rolled Out Later This Year

Right To Rent Checks Being Introduced Soon

Following a trial in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Wallsall and Dudley, the 'Right to Rent Checks' are likely to be rolled out across the UK - including of course the Isle of Wight.

The Daily Telegraph Reports:

Landlords and letting agents in the West Midlands – including Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Walsall and Dudley – must already check the nationality and visa status of their tenants. Penalties are issued per tenant who is living in a property who has no right to rent.

Critics fear the legislation, which is expected to be rolled out to the rest of England in September, places an “unfair burden” on landlords who may lack the knowledge or skills to check if their tenants are allowed to live in Britain.

Immigration checks could potentially flout anti‑discrimination laws, for example, because landlords and letting agents are not allowed to discriminate by nationality or race when choosing tenants.

Anne-Marie Balfour, from law firm Charles Russell Speechlys, said: “Landlords need to tread a fine line between immigration compliance and avoiding race discrimination.”

Tenants who are rejected unfairly can sue landlords under the 2010 Equality Act. “An award for 'injury to feelings’, for example, would be in the region of £6,600,” Ms Balfour said.

She added: “This places yet more administrative burdens on landlords and could lead to criminal prosecution if landlords don’t identify an illegal tenant.”

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