Parliament has approved measures to give greater protection to responsible landlords when they need to evict illegal immigrants.
Changes have been made to the Immigration Bill, proposed by the Government and now approved, will provide protection for landlords who take reasonable steps in an appropriate time frame to terminate tenancies of tenants who are in the country illegally.
Initially landlords were to face immediate criminal sanctions if it was discovered that they had failed to ensure their tenants had the right to rent property before having the chance to evict them.
The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) had campaigned hard for this change to the right to rent scheme.
Responding, RLA Policy Director, David Smith said:
“The RLA warmly welcomes the Government’s pragmatic changes to its right to rent scheme that will provide protection for good landlords from the unintended consequences of the policy. It is particularly helpful that the changes were approved by MPs without a vote, a sign of cross party support for the measure.”
The RLA represents 40,000 private sector residential landlords in England and Wales.
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