Controversial plans in the Queen’s speech designed to force private landlords to check the immigration status of tenants prior to signing them up could be watered down. It is now likely that the new rules will apply only to certain problem areas in the country.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is looking to apply the new rules in those areas were illegals are known to be a problem.
The change of course by the government has likely been brought about by the hoo haa created when the idea was fist floated in the Queen’s speech. There have been strong objections to the proposals from the main landlord associations.
It was feared that private landlords could face fines running into thousands of pounds by simply missing the fact that one of their tenants should not be residing in the UK.
It will probably come as a relief to the majority of landlords that the changes will likely be targeted at certain areas,a such as some of the boroughs in London.
Justifying the latest move the government have stated that they are reluctant to saddle the majority of landlords with more red tape and that they want to avoid disproportionate regulations on the private rented sector.
Some argued that the original plan would not only increase the landlord’s burden, it would also push up the landlord’s costs, which would inevitably be passed on to tenants, but it could also dissuade landlords from more buy to let investments.