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Following the comments from Communities and Local Government Secretary Greg Clark, who has announced that the government will not tolerate rogue landlords who make money out of illegal immigration, Fran Mulhall, Regional Operations Manager at North East property rental specialists GFW Letting, said:

“Of course the government is right not to tolerate rogue landlords and rental activity – that destabilises the entire market creating an unfair playing field for both landlords and tenants. However, Clark’s comments do set alarm bells ringing for legitimate landlords and agents as it sounds like the onus for checking immigration documentation lies at the door of landlords which shouldn’t be the case. Immigration issues are not a landlord’s responsibility and given the heightened migrant issue in Calais currently, it does seem like the government is trying to pass the buck when it comes to where immigrants will reside once in the country by making it law that landlords carry out checks that the government should really be doing.”

“What’s more, the new laws will put a greater financial burden on landlords as, if they have a tenant whose visa expires, then they will have to serve ‘notice to leave’. This will create rental voids and potential costs to get the tenants to vacate the property as they are at risk of a hefty £3k fine if they don’t evict tenants successfully.”

Fran Mulhall, Regional Operations Manager at North East property rental specialists GFW Letting and the website is: www.gfwletting.co.uk

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