The Government’s Immigration Bill is receiving its first reading in Parliament today, and we have accordingly issued a press release warning of the potential adverse and unfair effects the proposals may have on landlords.

The Immigration Bill will force landlords to quiz tenants about their immigration status and conduct ongoing checks on their status. Landlords could be hit with a civil penalty if they rent to an illegal immigrant. The cost of checking each tenant – including all UK citizens – will reach £156.5 million over three years.

We are deeply concerned that the prosecution of landlords for failing to recognise complex immigration documents are wholly disproportionate, and could easily prove ineffective in efforts to identify illegal immigrants. We today called for a number of reforms to the proposals, including:

  • To reduce the proportion of people checked; for example, introducing a simplified test for students – who already face additional…

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