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.
Ministers are expected to say that the legal requirements on landlords will affect those letting rooms in multi-occupancy properties. However, the measure will be universal and it will be the responsibility of all landlords to seek copies of passports and appropriate visas.
It is unclear how people are supposed to establish the authenticity of the information. The level of fines is also yet to be set but will run into “thousands of pounds”.
There are several million private landlords. All now have to act as narks for the Border Police. And that\’s only part of it.
What will be the cost of checking on the immigration status of someone? Is there a simple government database that can be accessed for, say, a fiver, to check whether documents and or visas are real and legal? No? So every private landlord now needs to become an expert in immigration law?
What will actually happen is this. People will be asked for a passport. If they\’ve got an EU one then they\’ll be allowed to rent. If they haven\’t, they won\’t. Those Brits without a passport will be shit out of luck. As will all foreign students etc.
Except for the slum landlords who will be happy enough to take the risks in return for rack rental rates.
This really is a fucking stupid idea.