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Braverman accused of using landlords to do her dirty work

Home Secretary Suella Braverman has been accused of using landlords to do her dirty work for her.

In a response to the government’s sharp increase in fines for landlords and letting agents who let to illegal migrants, the chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association - Ben Beadle - tells the Daily Telegraph:  “The announcement is little more than a gimmick. There’s no substance behind it. Rather than cracking down on illegal migration, they’re trying to crack down on landlords.

“Rather than doing something directly, you’re relying effectively on a small army of landlords and letting agents to do your dirty work for you. And rather than bring them along with you on the journey, you’re saying that landlords and letting agents have a problem.”  


Beadle also cautioned that the move would “make it more difficult for poorer British nationals to find housing because they are more likely not to have passports or driving licences they can use to prove their citizenship status”.

Earlier this week Braverman’s number two - former housing secretary Robert Jenrick - launched an attack on what he called “unscrupulous landlords”.

He announced that landlords and agents who knowingly let their properties to unauthorised migrants would face penalties of up to £5,000 per lodger and £10,000 per occupier for a first breach, up from £80 and £1,000 respectively.

Repeat breaches could cost them up to £10,000 per lodger, up from £500, and a maximum of £20,000 per occupier, up from £3,000.

It is thought laws to enforce the fines will be enacted early in 2024.

Jenrick said: "Making it harder for illegal migrants to work and operate in the UK is vital to deterring dangerous, unnecessary small boat crossings. Unscrupulous landlords and employers who allow illegal working and renting enable the business model of the evil people smugglers to continue. There is no excuse for not conducting the appropriate checks and those in breach will now face significantly tougher penalties.”

Existing Right to Rent legislation requires landlords or their agents in England to check that all tenants who occupy their properties have legal status to live in the UK. 

The Home Office introduced Right to Rent checks with the aim of making it harder for people to live and work in England illegally. Tenancies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are not subject to Right to Rent checks.

When carrying out a Right to Rent check, agents must carry out a check on all prospective tenants over the age of 18, even if they are not named on the tenancy by either:

- Checking an original form of ID (from a list of acceptable identification documents) in the presence of the prospective tenant;

- or using an approved identity service provider (IDSP) to check ID;

- or viewing a tenant’s Right to Rent online via the Home Office ‘share code’ system.

In certain cases the check can be carried out at any point in advance of the start of the tenancy. In others, the check needs to be carried out within the 28 days prior to the start of the tenancy.

Landlords are also legally required to make follow-up checks where identification is time-limited, as in the case - for example - of  student visas.

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    If all prospective tenants were required to use the Share Code system it wouldn't disadvantage poorer British nationals. It would offer true equality to all legitimate prospective tenants and reassurance to all professional landlords about who they were letting to.

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    Talk about closing the gate after the horse 🐎 has bolted 🆘 we have totally lost control of our borders, we will be looking more like Brazil 🇧🇷 with their favelas if we don’t get this sorted 😱

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    • K B
    • 09 August 2023 07:42 AM

    I not going to do any id checks

    When a tenant leaves im selling up

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    I refuse to do Border Control's work when they are sending out taxis to collect these people and set them free.

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    London Council’s latest figures say they have 170’000 people in temporary accommodation by the Council’s.
    The number of families in B & B has doubled in the year 2022 to 2023.
    Direct result of driving out Private landlords in my view.
    Temporary accommodation is much more expensive than Private landlords.
    Its too big a price to pay to get rid of Private landlords for their friends Corporate Landlords & Institutions to take over.


    Absolutely right Michael.

    The councillor I heard said it was lack of PRS accommodation that had "silted up" temporary accommodation, so B&B occupants couldn't move into it.

    Lack of PRS availability seems due to both increasing demand (e.g. rising interest rates starting with the Truss mini-budget) and reducing supply (landlords leaving, instead of investing which might usually be expected when demand for their product increases).

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    So when a tenants right to rent runs out, how are we supposed to get them out if they don't want to go? Serious question!
    I guess that means any person with a time limited visa will go to the bottom of the list as a prospective tenant = will not be able to get accommodation. Or can we then be prosecuted for discrimination?


    I just got rid of some Nigerians who's resident card ran out this year. I won't take the chance of 1) Michael Gove stopping me getting my property back and 2) some other twit in another department prosecuting me for renting to people who are now illegal.

    The left hand does not talk to the right hand. They can't control our borders, the human rights act etc... Just rent to who you won't have that worry.


    Discrimination or simply selection of the tenant with the lowest risk factor ?


    I would have a specific selection criteria. Never published; just hidden in my head; as the councils, 'charities', legal aid lawyers, no win no fee lawyer and the Guardian would have a field day. The criterial is not inclusive, does not promote diversity or equality. It promotes my own self-preservation....


    and we know what your selection criterion is, Nick; you always pick Nigerian tenants to the exclusion of everyone else.

  • Alan Bonde

    Breaking news…. any landlord housing an illegal migrant will be fined £10,000 but also any landlord housing a legal UK resident will be fined £10,000 for discrimination by denying a home to a minority, ie an illegal migrant.
    Welcome to Bonkers Britain should be clearly posted on entry at every port or airport in the UK.

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    All Landlords Unscrupulous
    Does any one think they would be allowed to come out with their vile hate filth against any other minority
    We are all sick of these evil monsters of hate and their lies

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    Braverman is lazy feckless..Why should anyone else do her dirty work.


    At least she is trying to stop the boat people. They are taking up our own living space.


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