Immigration Status To Be Checked By Landlords
NO MONEY = NO ACCOMMODATION
STOP PAYING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS THEN THEY WON’T BE ABLE TO AFFORD ACCOMMODATION
It is headline news isn’t it? The government are looking to implement a new regulation whereby landlords have to check the immigration status of tenants.
Not only will this probably costs hundreds of thousands of pounds of tax payers money to implement and monitor BUT could it not be said that most landlords don’t let property to tenants who can not prove their income anyway? Therefore the onus should be on the income provider (namely employers or DWP) who provide the income, to check the immigration status?
Does it not stand to reason that the landlords who don’t check the income status of tenants are likely to be the landlords that don’t care if the tenant is an illegal immigrant and wouldn’t ever consider checking the immigration register? They are only concerned about making money therefore making the proposed regulation futile.
One way to stop illegal immigrants is to STOP PAYING THEM. If they don’t get paid, then they can’t afford to rent houses. The ‘people’ who pay them knowing they are (or not caring if they are) illegal immigrants are probably helping them source accommodation anyway.
It is my opinion that once again, the government is trying to run before it can walk. They have not thought this through. Illegal immigrants have to be paid money in order to live, the emphasis needs to be on the provider of the money to check the immigration status. This I believe they are already doing BUT maybe they should up the anti on this rather than trying to reinvent the wheel?
The landlords supplying property to illegal immigrants will probably already know that their status, bringing in an immigration checking system will have no effect on those landlords at all and will not alter the fact that they are letting properties to illegal immigrants. Ensuring that landlords and letting agents check the income status of the applicant (via wage slips, bank statements and benefit entitlements) may be a better approach (but decent landlords and letting agents will be doing that anyway). This could be put forward as a consideration as a requirement under the proposed regulation of letting agents.
PUT THE ONUS ON CHECKING IMMIGRATION STATUS OF TENANTS ONTO THE COMPANIES PAYING THEM