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Practical implications of immigration checks on new lettings


Practical implications of immigration checks on new lettings


Immigration checks on new lettings are required by the Immigration Act 2014, initially in parts of the West Midlands from 1st December 2014 but later to be rolled out nationally.

Most local authority and many housing association lettings will be exempt, but lodgers are covered by the scheme regardless of tenure. Social landlords need to be aware of the requirements both where it applies to their own lettings and to any lodgers which their tenants may have, and because of the expected impact on the private rented sector and on migrant communities. 

This ‘Practical Implications’ briefing explains how the checks are intended to operate, answers questions which social landlords may have and suggests how you can meet the new requirements and respond to their effects. It is based on CIH liaison with the Home Office, landlord bodies and migrant rights organisations when the legislation was going through Parliament and now that it is being implemented.

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  • An excellent, clear and comprehensive guide. Just two suggestions: Needs some more explanation of the exemption for hostels. Rather different definition of 'hostel' than in other legislation. What does it mean for charities letting rooms in shared houses. Also what does it mean for charities (and others) providing accommodation specifically for those with limited rights, failed asylum seekers.

    Bagnall, David

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