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Undocumented Migrants: Private Rented Housing

Home Office written question – answered on 8th December 2015.

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Photo of Julian Knight Julian Knight Conservative, Solihull

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what protections she plans to put in place for landlords who, unwittingly and after carrying out reasonable checks, allow an illegal immigrant to rent their property.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)

The Immigration Act 2014 prohibits landlords from leasing property to persons who are disqualified from renting by reason of their immigration status. Right to rent checks are simple to conduct and comprise of an examination of documents from a range prescribed in law as acceptable for the purposes of establishing a right to rent. Landlords are not expected to be immigration or forgery experts and the Act provides defences in law for the landlord who may have accepted a falsified document in good faith and having acted reasonably.

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