On Tuesday the fines for Right to Rent have increased significantly, some up to £20,000.
Agents and landlords must carry out Right to Rent checks with all potential tenants who are not UK citizens to ensure they have lawful immigration. This is due to the Immigration Act 2014 legislation. These fines will be to the landlord and agent.
"Landlords and agents who knowingly rent their properties to unauthorised migrants up until Monday faced 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 would have cost them up to £10,000 per lodger, up from £500, and a maximum of £20,000 per occupier, up from £3,000. But that has now changed.
From Tuesday, the penalties for violating Right to Rent rules have increased from £80 per lodger and £1,000 per occupier for a first breach to a substantial £5,000 per lodger and £10,000 per occupier. Repeat breaches will now incur even steeper fines, reaching up to £10,000 per lodger and £20,000 per occupier, a substantial increase from the previous £500 and £3,000 respectively." (Property Industry Eye, 2024).
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