The Deposit Protection Service (DPS) wants to see more ‘support and information’ offered to landlords to help ensure that they properly understand the changing rules around illegal immigrants.
From December, it will be a criminal offence for landlords to rent out property to people who are in the UK illegally under new measures being introduced by the government, it was announced this week.
In her first speech to the Conservative Party conference as Home Secretary, Amber Rudd told activists that the government will attack illegal immigration by going after the landlords that provide them with accommodation.
She said: “From December, landlords that knowingly rent out property to people who have no right to be here will be committing a criminal offence. They could go to prison.”
But the DPS is concerned that there is not sufficient information and support available to landlords to help ensure that they do not unwittingly fall foul of the law.
Julian Foster, managing director at the PDS, said: “Although landlords will always want to operate within the law, changes in the regulatory environment can mean that many fall foul of legislation without realising it.
“Pressures on landlords can be significant, particularly those who are also in fulltime work, so it’s vital that they receive sufficient information and support whenever the rules change.
“Anyone letting out property must fully understand regulations that affect them as well as their obligations as a landlord to both their tenants and the authorities.”