Right to Rent Breakfast Briefing:
Do landlords need to become immigration officers? A lawyer explains.
Letting Agents and Landlords are invited to a free Right to Rent breakfast briefing being organised by Right2Rent taking place at RJM, Nottingham at 08:00 – 09:30 on 4th February 2016 to discuss the forthcoming implementation of the Right to Rent scheme.
To book on to this free event, please click here.
From 1st February 2016, the private rented housing sector sees one of the biggest changes in recent times. The Immigration Act 2014 introduces unprecedented challenges to Landlords and Letting Agents with the introduction of the Right to Rent scheme. For the first time, Landlords are legally obliged to check whether their tenant has a ‘right to rent’. Getting it wrong or doing nothing will now result in Landlords being fined hefty sums or even facing prison.
The feedback from Landlords and Letting Agents in the pilot area of the West Midlands over the past year has been that they feel overwhelmed by the volume of information published, the complexity of immigration laws and the sheer variety of documents which can evidence the Right to Rent.
Leading immigration lawyer, Mark Lilley-Tams of Paragon Law says: “Overall the picture we have received from those in the pilot area has been one of confusion and uncertainty. For the first time the referencing process is no longer just about a Landlord finding a reliable tenant to rent to, but is a legal obligation under the Right to Rent scheme.”
The briefing will cover the detail of the new requirements being implemented, what the potential liability and risks are for landlords and letting agents and the steps that need to be taken immediately. Also discussed will be the dangers of unlawfully discriminating against tenants and how this risk can be avoided. Additionally, there will be a Question and Answer session and the opportunity to network.
Joining Mark will be residential letting specialist Ali Baylav, managing director of Cavendish Lettings, who will be on hand to offer his advice on the new legislation.
Demand for this Right to Rent Breakfast Briefing event is expected to be high, and as such those interested in attending this event are asked to register as soon as possible.