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House of Lords written question – answered on 24th July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to enforce proposed legislation that will require landlords to conduct immigration checks on tenants.

Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Home Office would enforce the proposed legislation in the course of its normal operations against illegal immigration. Where an illegal immigrant is encountered renting a residential property, the accommodation provider will be asked to prove that they have conducted any checks prescribed by law. Penalties would be served on non-compliant landlords who would be able to raise an objection. Where a decision to impose a penalty is maintained, the landlord would have a right of appeal through the courts.

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