NRLA slams Ministers over ‘gimmicky’ £10,000 fines for Right to Rent breaches

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Both landlords and letting agents have slammed the Government’s proposal to hugely increase fines for property managers who breach existing Right to Rent check laws.

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has labelled the measure a ‘gimmick’ while Propertymark says the vast majority of landlords and agents are already carrying out their duties perfectly well under Right to Rent.

NRLA chief executive Ben Beadle (main picture) told The Telegraph that piling pressure on landlords would merely fail to deal with the root cause of immigration and “make it more difficult for poorer British nationals to find housing because they are more likely not to have passports or driving licences they can use to prove their citizenship status”.

The new fines for landlords will increase from £80 per lodger and £1,000 per occupier for a first breach to up to £5,000 per lodger and £10,000 per occupier.

Repeat breaches will be up to £10,000 per lodger and £20,000 per occupier, up from £500 and £3,000 respectively. The higher penalties will come in at the start of 2024.

Gimmick

Beadle added: “The announcement is little more than a gimmick. There’s no substance behind it. Rather than cracking down on illegal migration, they’re trying to crack down on landlords.

“Rather than doing something directly, you’re relying effectively on a small army of landlords and letting agents to do your dirty work for you. 

“And rather than bring them along with you on the journey, you’re saying that landlords and letting agents have a problem.”  

Beadle also said the higher fines would be perceived by landlords as ‘yet another’ attack on them by the Government and that the low level of fines – just 80 a year on average – proves landlords are not the problem.

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  1. As a lodger LL I simply will not risk letting to anyone but the most British of British.

    None of your indefinite leave to remain lot.

    It is absolutely terrifying at the fines that could be levied.

    LL of all types will play safe.

    I wonder who are housing the over 4 million illegal immigrants!?

    How can they afford to risk such massive fines!?

    We all know who are the ones letting to illegals.

    But it is never permitted to mention who they are.

    It closes down appropriate action against them and as such continues the negative effects of illegal immigration.

  2. Politicians have become predatory cretins thinking that the big stick is the answer to everything. it is time all well known and leading politicians were voted out. if only we didn’t have so many mindless political groupies.

  3. Having looked at Gov. uk websites and lists of acceptable and non acceptable documents to satisfy Right to Rent legislation, it appears, for the average landlord, to be highly complex, to say the least.
    Threatening landlords with massive fines, for getting it wrong, is morally indefensible

    One way of solving this issue, if only Government would listen, would be for Government to set up a scheme, whereby all prospective tenants would need to apply for a government ‘Right to Rent certificate’, in advance of any viewing,
    Once the prospective tenant has provided the relevant evidence to a government appointed expert committee, who are able to decide the validity of the application, a certificate would be provided to the prospective tenant.
    Landlords would then be able to simply inspect the prospective tenants certificate and perhaps take a copy for evidence.
    Something like this, instead of putting the onus on landlords for their immigration problem is, clearly only fair.

    • Don’t be f stupid!!

      LL aren’t Border Force employees.

      As has been suggested any tenant should obtain a HO Certificate giving them RTR.

      That means the Govt would be responsible for giving permission for tenants to rent.

      No way should LL be responsible for the RTR.

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