New Rules To Stamp Out Illegal Tenants

Landlords in Swindon are being urged to be aware of new rules on screening tenants, which could soon be rolled out across the UK. Swindon-based Tenant Screening, which provides a vetting service to landlords and letting agents across the country, says the new Right to Rent scheme being piloted is likely to go nationwide soon and will have an impact on the rental sector.

The aim of the scheme is to clamp down on illegal immigrants living in private rental property. Similar to the Government’s Right to Work legislation, the rules will ensure those who rent have a right to be in the country. “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. “If they don’t, and a property is rented out, landlords could face a fine of up to £3,000 per tenant found to be living illegally.”

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