Buy-to-let landlords allowing illegal immigrants to live in their properties may face jail after hundreds of people suspected of not having the rights to live in the UK were arrested during a national enforcement operation across Britain.
Border Force police arrested around 200 people during the operation cracking down on illegal immigration and rogue landlords renting properties to those who are not permitted to live in this country.
Activity began at the start of this year, as part of Operation Magnify, and concluded in June after police inspected 253 residential properties suspected to be harbouring illegal foreigners.
Of the 200 or so people arrested by the intelligence-led task force, most had overstayed their visa but some had entered the UK illegally.
Brandon Lewis, the Immigration Minister, said: “These operations show that we will not tolerate people living and working illegally in the UK.
“Illegal working cheats the taxpayer, has a negative impact on the wages of legal workers and allows rogue employers to undercut legitimate businesses.
“Those who come to the UK to live and work illegally often arrive with a very different expectation to the situation that they then face. The reality is very different and they will often find themselves at the mercy of exploitative employers or landlords.
“Those unscrupulous landlords flout the rules by knowingly renting property to illegal migrants as easy source of profit.
“We are committed to tackling abuse and building an immigration system which works in the best interest of the country.”