Back in May we published a news item highlighting the introduction of a new law requiring landlords to check the immigration status of potential tenants. However it now seems The Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (llpa) have told Home Secretary Theresa May that fining landlord who fail to conduct immigration checks is unworkable.
The LLPA are concerned that the scheme is discriminatory because landlords are likely to say they aren’t satisfied with a tenants identity documents and refuse them the accommodation. The lawyers have described the scheme as intrusive, bullying, ineffective and expensive.
Being situated close to Gatwick Airport, and with many major international employers located on the Manor Royal Industrial Estate, at Martin & Co Crawley we rent to a number of tenants with nationalities from all over the world. As this has been the way for many years 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. Having these strict procedures means we can guarantee our landlords interests are protected but will now ensure that this most recent law is complied with.
At Martin & Co Crawley we have found in the last 3 months, 36% of new tenants were of foreign nationality with 18% of those being polish. The remaining 64% of all new tenancies signed between Jul & Sept were of British Nationality.
David Nicholson, Director of Martin & Co Crawley said “For any landlord, whether experienced or not, the introduction of legislation like this can only cause worry. In order to operate such a scheme landlord would need to know about the potential 404 types of European identity documents. At Martin & Co Crawley we thrive on knowing the latest legislation to be introduced and work swiftly to implement processes to ensure all of our landlords are informed and their investments protected”.
If you are a landlord and are concerned on how this legislation may affect you or if you are a landlord with a property to rent please contact the office on 01293 735000.