Government plans to force landlords to check the immigration status of tenants have been criticised by homeless charity Crisis over concerns it could prevent the vulnerably housed from finding a home.
A pilot scheme, due to start in the West Midlands from December 1, will require landlords to check renters’ documents to prove their immigration status as part of the new Immigration Act. Continue reading
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By Adrian Whyatt
The Government has announced it will support Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather’s bill to restrict revenge evictions against tenants who complain about poor conditions.
The Tenancy Reform bill is likely to ban landlords from evicting their tenants by serving a no-fault ‘Section 21’ notice. Under these notices landlords can give tenants 2 months notice to leave without needing to give any reason. The Bill is likely to ban landlords from doing this within 6 months of a local authority improvement or hazard awareness notice. It is also likely to prevent landlords from evicting tenants in response to a legitimate, written complaint about the condition of the property which the local authority considers legitimate. Continue reading