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Immigration Act 2014

Tuesday, 18th November, 2014

This Act is UK Government legislation, with home affairs being a "reserved" (i.e. not devolved to the Scottish Government) matter. The Act introduced a requirement for landlords of private rental accommodation to conduct checks to establish that new tenants have the right to live in the UK.

When it comes into force in the UK, landlords who rent to illegal migrants without conducting these checks will be liable for a civil penalty of up to 3,000. If the landlord engages a letting agent to conduct background checks on tenants, the letting agent will be responsible. 

Implementation will begin in a pilot area in West Midlands on 1st December 2014. The checks will then become mandatory for landlords in the rest of the UK in 2015. 




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