The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, announced in her speech at the Conservative party conference on 4 October that the Government will introduce new criminal offences targeted at landlords.

The criminal offences referred to in that speech are those already introduced by the Immigration Act 2016. These offences can be committed by landlords or letting agents where they knowingly let residential properties in England to persons who do not have a valid immigration status. These criminal offences are not yet in force, and it appears that the Government will introduce the necessary legislation to make them effective in December.

It is now more important than ever that landlords and letting agents in England are aware of their responsibilities for a right to rent and that they carry out all necessary immigration document checks properly.