Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,00015:08 PM, 29th March 2021
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Figures from the Home Office indicate 405 fines have been handed out to landlords in total during the government’s ‘hostile environment’ crack down on illegal immigration (see diagram to the right).
The total cost of these penalties to landlords came to over £265,000. This makes the average fine approximately £654. However, penalties can range from:
Fines (civil penalties)
The amount you have to pay will depend on the type of accommodation and if you’ve received a civil penalty before.
|Type of accommodation||Amount for a first time penalty||Amounts for further penalties|
|Lodgers in a private household||£80||£500|
|Tenants in rented accommodation||£1,000||£3,000|
After the Windrush scandal the Home Office issued guidance to landlords to clarify that tenants who have lived in the UK permanently since before 1973 and who have not been away for long periods in the last 30 years, have the right to rent property.
Quite how a Landlord can assess that if the Home Office can’t is anyone’s guess!
NLA policy director Chris Norris, said: “the latest figures would seem to show that landlords are more aware of their responsibilities and are carrying out the required checks. However, it is important to remember that landlords are neither immigration experts nor border agents.”
“The Right to Rent scheme has placed an additional cost on an already pressurised sector, while the excessive checks and lack of monitoring may have had harmful consequences for would be and vulnerable tenants.”
The Home Office commented: “It’s right that we have a compliant environment to deter illegal immigration and protect public services and it is a policy that has been operated under successive governments. The Right to Rent checks were developed with the input of the Landlords Consultative Panel and there is online guidance as well as a helpline to ensure the scheme is fully understood.”
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