May 13

Do you check immigration status?

New legislation proposed in last week’s Queen Speech put onus on private landlords to check immigration status of tenants.

The coalition government wants to introduce a string of measures aimed at tackling illegal immigration, and part of this would be housing.

A new immigration-check law would put additional pressure on landlords – as well as increase red tape. At the moment landlords and letting agents have no formal relationship with government.

Of course, most reputable landlords already perform thorough and comprehensive checks on their tenants – it is best practice that every landlord should thoroughly reference a tenant prior to offering a tenancy.

Tenant checks should always include an identity check, whether the tenant has any County Court Judgments, possible aliases and include references from their employer and a previous landlord.

Therefore it needs to be asked whether this all has to be formalised in law?

What do you think, would you welcome immigration checks by private landlords being enshrined in law? Or are they an unnecessary burden? Should private landlords be at the forefront of the illegal immigration fight?

About the author

Eddie Hooker Photograph Eddie Hooker has been involved in the insurance industry since 1985.  He worked with many large insurers such as Legal & General and AXA Insurance prior to setting up his own insurance business, Hamilton Fraser, in 1996.  Hamilton Fraser now employs over 130 staff out of their North London office, dealing with various insurance products for the buy-to-let property market such landlord insurance, rent guarantee insurance, emergency cover and tenancy deposit protection. 

Eddie and Hamilton Fraser Insurance first started to provide landlord insurance as early as 1996 when they became involved with the Small Landlord Association, which later became the National Landlords Association. 

By working closely with the industry’s leading companies Eddie and his team have built up a detailed understanding of the landlord market ensuring that the customer experience is founded on knowledge and support.  This has been highlighted in a recent customer survey that found that 95% of Hamilton Fraser customers were either satisfied or more than satisfied with the service provided by the company.

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