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The Government has now published the Immigration Bill 2015 / 2016.

The first reading of the Bill took place on Thursday 17 September 2015. The next stage is the second reading expected to be Tuesday 13 October, when the general principle of the Bill is debated.

Follow the progress of this Bill in Parliament here

This Bill, which follows on from the Immigration Act 2014, is intended to clamp down on illegal immigration and tackle exploitation of workers.

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According to the government, “the Immigration Act 2014 put in place many effective measures intended to reduce illegal immigration and making it more difficult for illegal migrants to live and work in the UK.”

This Bill will builds-on the 2014 Act ‘right to rent’ scheme, which requires landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants, for example, with additional routes to evict illegal migrants as well as creating new offences for unscrupulous landlords who continuously rent to illegal migrants.

Part 2 of the Bill deals with Access to Services and offences relating to residential tenancies, offences of leasing premises, fast evictions, orders for possession of a dwelling-house and extension of the provisions to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Having landlords check the immigration status of potential tenants is intended to prevent illegal migrants in the UK from accessing housing.

You can read the new Bill in full here

Of particular relevance to landlords is a new criminal offence to impose fines, and up to five years imprisonment, for those landlords who fail to check the immigration status of tenants.

The Bill will also introduce new powers to speedily evict those tenants who lose the right to live in the UK, without a court order. A notice to quit of 28 days will be issued when a Home Office asylum application fails in England, confirming the tenant no longer has a “right to rent” the property. The notice will have the power of a high court order.

See the full Bill in pdf version here

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