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    "Landlords told: vet migrant tenants"

    Private landlords will be legally responsible for ensuring that they only let properties to people allowed to be in Britain under immigration laws to be announced in tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech.
    For full article go here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/poli...t-tenants.html

    How on earth are landlords supposed to do what is the job of the Police and the Border Agency?


    #2
    As a landlord, I really wouldn't want to get drawn into additional checks. I'd just choose an obvious native uk national.

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      #3
      Unfortunately that would amount to racial discrimination.

      They've made it really difficult for landlords: on the one hand you are not allowed to discriminate against someone on the grounds of nationality (Race Relations Act 1976); on the other, you have to check they are legally entitled to stay in the country.

      I'll say it again: Landords cannot be expected to do the job of the Police or the Border Agency!!

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        #4
        Perhaps all Ts should have a guarantor who lives and works in this country?

        How can we check the status of a potential T? I've no idea!

        Do I have to check the Ts I've got already? Do I charge them for my time?

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          #5
          It's not that hard to check.

          In most cases seeing a passport and photo copying it will be all you need to do.

          Employers already have to do these checks anyway.

          What it won't change is all the dodgy landlords that operate below the radar will carry on regardless.

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            #6
            Correct, employers already have to do that. It is really basically just checking passport: If EU it's OK, otherwise check for a valid visa.
            Considering you should already check ID it is not that much of an additional check.

            Of course the question is whether this is actually useful beyond the spin.

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              #7
              Yup, already get passport/visa or driving license.

              Surprised no tenant has ever asked to check my Id ..
              I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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                #8
                Originally posted by Claymore View Post
                As a landlord, I really wouldn't want to get drawn into additional checks. I'd just choose an obvious native uk national.
                Originally posted by Perplexed View Post
                Unfortunately that would amount to racial discrimination.
                I think that's the point claymore is making.

                I have never seen a visa, valid or otherwise, how do I know if it is valid?
                Allow tenants to protect their own deposits. I want free money when they do it wrong

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Perplexed View Post
                  "Landlords told: vet migrant tenants"

                  Is this to apply to periodic extensions of existing tenancies? Will I have to knock on the door of my non-EU tenants and ask for their papers before I can let the tenancy continue?

                  That's really going to endear me to my tenants.

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                    #10
                    We'll have to see the actual legislation.
                    I'm hoping it will just require an initial check along other references when taking on a new tenant.

                    However, employers are required to continuously know and check their employees' status and DWP may check that at any time.
                    If this would apply to landlords it would be opening can of worms.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by thesaint View Post
                      I have never seen a visa, valid or otherwise, how do I know if it is valid?
                      The 'visa' is a stamp in the persons passport which details how many days they are entitled to stay in the UK or as in the case of a full US or UK visa a page taken up with a picture of the person, stamp of the country issuing the visa and status awarded in print.



                      Freedom at the point of zero............

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                        #12
                        Google "uk residence permit specimen", then make sure there's one of them in passport and that expiry date is in the future.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Interlaken View Post

                          The 'visa' is a stamp in the persons passport which details how many days they are entitled to stay in the UK or as in the case of a full US or UK visa a page taken up with a picture of the person, stamp of the country issuing the visa and status awarded in print.
                          If prospective tenant has a one year visa, and I give him a one year tenancy, presumably I would have to issue a Section 21 notice to expire at the end of the tenancy, and issue eviction proceedings if he doesn't leave?

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by jjlandlord View Post
                            Google "uk residence permit specimen", then make sure there's one of them in passport and that expiry date is in the future.
                            I am playing devils advocate, but what if the person "looks" British(white) and doesn't have a passport(like many don't)?
                            Allow tenants to protect their own deposits. I want free money when they do it wrong

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by thesaint View Post
                              I am playing devils advocate, but what if the person "looks" British(white) and doesn't have a passport(like many don't)?
                              Yeah, or what if he's black/asian and says he is British and doesn't have a passport?

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