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Letting agents reassured about referencing service

Posted on 2013-10-17

The call comes amid speculation it is now mandatory to make the check. This is following last week’s release of the Coalition Government’s plans for the proposed immigration bill.

Gary Abraham, HomeLet’s Sales and Marketing Director, says: “We’re aware that a number of our letting agent customers are unsure as to whether they need to check a tenant’s immigration status for their landlords before they allow them to move into a new rented home. We would like to reassure them this check is still just a proposal and they can continue to carry out their referencing services as normal.

“If an agent asks to see the immigration status of a tenant without the bill’s legislation being in place, it could have a detrimental effect on their business. When and if the immigration bill is passed, we will work with our letting agents to provide solutions to the proposed legislation. In the meantime though they don’t need to change the way they reference any of their tenants with HomeLet.

“We’re here not only to provide a referencing service to our letting agents, but also support them through business updates or changes. Therefore if any agent has any questions or concerns about this, or any other aspect of their referencing service they can contact their Account Manager who will be more than happy to help.”

The requirement that landlords check the immigration status of prospective tenants was revealed by the UK's Home Secretary, Theresa May, as one of a number of measures to make life harder for illegal residents in the UK. However, it is still going through the consultation stage, and is yet to be passed by the House of Lords.

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