Adam Male, founder of Urban.co.uk, has made comments on the announcement that the Home Office will roll-out of the Right to Rent scheme nationally.
“The new regulations that anyone renting a property in the UK has to see and make a copy of a passport or residence permit may have a significant impact on the amount of ‘back door’ lettings that take place.
“Hopefully, this will also assist with the regulation of rental property standards and help clamp down on some of the landlords who believe it is acceptable to rent sub-standard properties. If this happens, the industry will be more regulated for both landlords and tenants and, in turn, a better environment for all.
“It is also good news that any landlords who are not making the appropriate checks on immigration status will now face a penalty of up to £3,000 per tenant if they are found to be renting out a property to someone who is in the UK illegally.
“Anyone found to be abusing the system should be punished, it is the only way we, as a sector, will be able to ‘clean up’ the letting industry and to help put pressure on rogue landlords and agencies.
“In order for the scheme to be successful, I believe that it is hugely important that the changes are communicated properly, both to landlords and tenants. Whenever there is a significant change to the system, such as the recent Section 21 amendments, communication is of the utmost importance.”
— LandlordZONE Press (@LandlordZONEPR) October 23, 2015