Agents face jail from December over Right to Rent lapses

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Agents and Landlords who repeatedly fail to carry out Right to Rent checks or who do not take steps to evict illegal migrants will face the possibility of jail as from December.

Two provisions included in the Immigration Act 2016 are to come into force before the end of this year, Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced yesterday.

It will be easier for landlords to evict illegal migrant tenants, and new criminal offences will be created for both landlords and tenants.

The 2016 Act builds on the Immigration Act 2014 which introduced Right to Rent checks but only imposed civil penalties of up to £3,000 per illegal migrant tenant.

The exact date of criminalising Right to Rent failures has not been released, but yesterday the Home Office said: “We will continue to work closely with the private rented sector in the lead up to the measures in the Act being implemented and will provide further updates and communications material as the work progresses.”

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