Landlords warned over potential impact of new Right To Rent scheme
The Right to Rent scheme is being extended across the country from February following a pilot in the West Midlands.
Under the scheme, landlords and letting agents face hefty fines if they rent a property to illegal immigrants without first making proper checks. Tenant Screening, a firm providing a vetting service to landlords and letting agents, is urging anyone renting property to ensure they do not fall foul of the new scheme, which aims to clamp down on illegal immigrants living in private rental property.
During the first six months of the pilot, 109 people in Britain illegally were identified as a result of the compulsory checks on new tenants. "The onus is on the landlord to carry out certain checks on prospective tenants to see if they have a right to rent in this country," said Kelvin McCarthy, screening manager at Tenant Screening.