Immigration Bill: tackling illegal immigration in privately rented accommodation

Document type
Other
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Home Office
Publisher
Home Office
Date of publication
10 October 2013
Series
Factsheet; 7
Subject(s)
Legislation, Minority Groups
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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The government wants to ensure tenants in private rented housing are not living in the UK illegally and is already working with councils to tackle rogue landlords who exploit migrants by housing them in „beds in sheds‟ and illegally overcrowded accommodation. Under the Bill proposals the Home Office will be equipped for the first time with powers to deal with landlords who rent homes to illegal migrants.

Many private landlords already make checks on tenants' identity and credit status, making it difficult for illegal migrants to rent properties from them. But not all landlords do that. The Bill proposals for landlords mirror the existing and long-standing requirements on employers to address illegal working; they will make it harder for illegal migrants to establish a settled life in the UK.

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