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Landlords Warned Over New Immigration Rules

Housing

7:24am 29th September 2014

Landlords and letting agents in Dorset face new responsibilities to check the immigration status of prospective tenants.

The new rules are part of the Immigration Act and will be rolled out across the UK next year.

Battens Solicitors, who have offices in Weymouth and Dorchester, has warned many landlords and agents may be unaware of the shake up - and has urged them to make sure they update their procedures.

Jacqui Swann, who is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in Batten's specialist property dispute resolution department, told Wessex FM; " Although some landlords and lettings agents have heard suggestions of immigration checks being their responsibility in the future, many may not realise that the enforcement of this obligation will soon be a reality."

She added; "If a landlord or letting agent fails to carry out the necessary checks or knowingly allows an illegal immigrant to rent their property, they could face a fine of up to £3,000 per illegal adult occupying their property."

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