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Immigrant tenant legislation Bill to be watered down

We blogged recently at City Rental Services around new migrant status legislation following the Queen’s Speech and the impact on landlords and lettings agencies in Bristol.

You can read the full blog post here.

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The proposed new measures were heavily criticized by the National Landlords’ Association, which claimed that the new legislation placed an unfair onus on landlords and letting agencies to check the immigration status of tenants.

We were interested to see in this recent article that the proposed Bill from the Queen’s Speech is to be watered down, with landlords in certain areas being required to carry out the checks – rather than the whole of the UK.

The legislation is still under review, and we’ll be keeping an eye on it for our tenants and landlords in Bristol, of course.

If you’re confused about rented accommodation legislation, requirements, tenancy agreements and related paperwork, pop into our Gloucester Road-based office – we’re here to help and advise.

If you’d like to find out more about our central Bristol lettings agency, please feel free to get in touch here.

Bristol private rented sector faces immigrant onus from Queen’s Speech

At City Rental Services we watched with interest the measure introduced around immigrants in this year’s Queen’s Speech, and the impact on the private rental sector in the city.

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According to proposed plans, residential landlords are to be forced to vet a tenant’s right to live in the UK before agreeing a Tenancy Agreement.

The new measures were heavily criticized by the National Landlords’ Association’s (NLA) Chief Executive Officer Richard Lambert, who said of local authorities:

“They must undertake robust, intelligence led, targeted enforcement, otherwise illegal immigrants who are refused housing by reputable landlords will face homelessness or be pushed straight back into arms of the criminals who deliberately exploit vulnerable people.”

It’s disappointing to see more legislation facing the private rented sector, and the burden is being placed on letting agents and landlords in Bristol to help in the battle against illegal immigrants.

Landlords and reputable letting agencies already use due diligence and carry out stringent checks when accepting new professional and student tenants, so there should be very little amendment to the measures already in place at City Rental Services.

The additional potential paperwork will prove unpopular with landlords in Bristol, but we’re on hand to help and advise, of course.

If you’d like to find out more about our central Bristol lettings agency, please feel free to get in touch here.