Introduction of Immigration Law

Introduction of Immigration Law

Further to the Queen’s speech on the 8th May, a new law was introduced requiring landlords to check the immigration status of potential tenants.  Failure to comply could see landlords issued with fines running into thousands.


The introduction of this new law has been seen by many as an added burden, with some agents worrying that landlords may turn down offers from potential tenants who have a foreign sounding name, which would be discrimination and against the law. 


Here at Martin & Co Crawley we have always had a rigorous referencing procedure in place, including taking copies of applicant’s passports as well as work permits and visas where applicable and obtaining a full credit history.  This has guaranteed our landlords interests are protected but will now ensure that this most recent law is complied with.


David Nicholson, Director of Martin & Co Crawley commented “We want to reassure our landlords that they have nothing to worry about.  Whilst there is a great deal of legislation that they must adhere to, using a fully trained and reputable letting agent will give them the peace of mind knowing they are complying with any new law that is introduced.  Any irregularities with any potential tenant are highlighted during our referencing procedure, before any tenancy agreement is signed.”


If you would like some advise or have a property to rent please contact Martin & Co on 01293 735000 or email