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The Housing Minister Mark Prisk speaking to MPs on the Immigration Bill announced in the recent Queen’s speech confirmed the immigration status of tenants will only have to be checked under a light touch regime.
He said: “What we’re asking for is all landlords undertake that basic check to see people are who they are and they are entitled to be here.
“The intention is to make it light-touch. We’re working on the proposals at the moment and we don’t want to make it unduly onerous. The idea is to make sure someone takes a reasonable step to check someone’s identity and that would naturally be a passport.”
Landlords have been threatened with future heavy fines if they fail in their responsibility to check their tenants have a right to reside in the UK.
When questioned over a National registration scheme for landlords Prisk said that this would not be likely, but selective licensing schemes could be more widely used. “If there’s a good argument demonstrated that a significant proportion of local authorities would welcome an extension, I would certainly be happy to look at the evidence.”
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