Landlords or agents acting for them will no longer be immediately criminalised for failing to pick up illegal tenants according to the Residential Landlords’ Association.
It says changes to the Immigration Bill will provide protection for landlords and their agents who take reasonable steps in an appropriate timeframe to terminate tenancies of tenants found to be in the country illegally.
Previously under the Bill, landlords and agents would face immediate criminal sanctions upon discovery that they failed to ensure their tenants had the right to rent property in the UK.
The RLA says the government has also agreed to look at changes to regulations to enable landlords and agents to provide information such as tenancy deposit schemes to tenants via email instead of in paper form as currently is required.
“The RLA warmly welcomes the government’s pragmatic changes to its right to rent scheme that will provide protection for good landlords from the unintended consequences of the policy” says association chairman Alan Ward.
“It’s also welcome that the government is willing to look at how electronic information can be better used to provide tenants with the legal information they require. In the 21st century it is ridiculous that landlords are expected to print so much paper when it can be provided at the simple click of the button.”