June 2016 – Evicting Overstayers made Easier
Measures to make it easier for private landlords to evict illegal migrant tenants have been set out in the Immigration Act 2016.
The Immigration Act 2016 provides for measures to prevent illegal migrants accessing services, including residential tenancies. To supplement the expansion of the Right to Rent scheme that was introduced under the Immigration Act 2014, the new Act is designed to make it easier for private landlords to evict illegal migrant tenants, and creates new criminal offences for rogue landlords and agents who repeatedly fail to carry out Right to Rent checks or fail to take steps to remove illegal migrants from their property.
The new measures will enable landlords to evict illegal migrant tenants more easily, and in some circumstances without a court order. Landlords will obtain a notice issued by the Home Office which confirms that the tenant is disqualified from renting in the UK as a result of their immigration status. On receipt of this, the landlord will be expected to take action to ensure that the illegal migrant leaves the property.
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