Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,00015:08 PM, 29th March 2021
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Under “Right to Rent” proposals in the upcoming Immigration Bill the Home Office would issue a notice when an asylum application fails that confirms the tenant no longer has the right to rent property.
This will then give landlords the ability to end the tenancy without a court order in some circumstances.
Financial support for failed asylum seekers will also end under the proposals with approximately 10,000 currently continuing to receive an allowance of £36 a week, because they are living in the UK with their families even though their applications have been rejected.
Measures will also be introduced to crack down on landlords who exploit vulnerable migrants by renting out unfit flats and houses. The Immigration Bill will include a responsibility for landlords similar to employers to check passports and ID cards to confirm tenants have a right to reside. Please see our previous article regarding the Immigration Bill receiving Royal assent >> http://www.property118.com/immigration-bill-now-law/65819/#comments
The flurry of political activity and News coverage comes on the back of all the recent troubles in Calais.
Setting up a blacklist of landlords and letting agents will allow councils to keep track of those who have been convicted of housing offences and ban them from renting out properties if they are repeat offenders.
Communities Secretary Greg Clark said “the government was targeting people who made money by exploiting vulnerable people and undermining our immigration system.”
“We will also require them to meet their basic responsibilities as landlords, cracking down on those who rent out dangerous, dirty and overcrowded properties.”
Chief executive of the National Landlords Association Richard Lambert, said “the proposals were a welcome step forward. I am slightly concerned that we are breaking the 40-year-old principle that it has to be a court that ends a tenancy,but we do need something that will work in practice.”
Mr Lambert told Radio 4 the possible five-year prison penalty for renting to illegal immigrants was “quite surprising and had come almost out of the blue”.
“You do wonder how much it relates to the government wanting to be seen to be tough on migration given what’s going on in Calais. I think that we need to think through the consequences of the kind of systems we are putting into place.”
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