NLA comments on Government's immigration consulation
Commenting on the Government’s plans to consult on proposals to prohibit illegal immigrants from renting accommodation in the UK, Richard Lambert, Chief Executive Officer, National Landlords Association said:
“The NLA welcomes the Government’s consultation on its plans to require private landlords to check the immigration status of all new tenants. If this is to work, it is vital that the system is simple, straightforward and easy for landlords to use and understand.
“It makes sense to base the requirements on the established system used by employers to verify that individuals have the right to work in the UK, not least because there is a clear acknowledgement that employers, like landlords, are not immigration experts. They can only be expected to carry out reasonable checks that someone is who they say they are, and that they have the documentation to prove they have the right to be here.”
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NOTES TO EDITORS:
The National Landlords Association (NLA) is the UK’s leading organisation for private-residential landlords. It has over 20,000 paid members, ranging from full-time landlords with large property portfolios to those with just a single letting. NLA membership helps landlords make a success of their lettings business by providing a wide range of information, advice and services. The NLA campaigns for the legitimate interests of landlords by seeking to influence decision-makers at all levels of government and by making landlords’ collective voice heard in the media. It seeks to raise standards in the private-rented sector while aiming to ensure that landlords are aware of their statutory rights and responsibilities. Based at its head office in Central London, the NLA currently employs over 40 full-time staff and has a network of more than 40 regional representatives and branches throughout the UK.