As of today 1st December 2016, landlords and agents not complying with this law (leasing to those that do not have the right to rent in the UK) face stiff penalties.

Earlier this year in February, landlords or letting agents representing them had to make sure that their tenants had the right to rent, otherwise fines of up to £3,000 could be levied.

This is all part of the Immigration Act 2016 announced by Amber Rudd the Home secretary, at the Conservative Party conference.

The new Act keeps the original civil penalty but adds a new set of offences for landlords and agents, which can be can be prosecuted in either the magistrates or crown court.

In the magistrates court the maximum penalty is an unlimited fine, a prison sentence of up to 12 months, or a combination of the two. In the crown court there is again an unlimited fine but the maximum prison sentence is five years.

The Home Secretary can also force the landlords to evict tenants within a reasonable period if they have no right to rent.

Today also sees the introduction of the new Section 8 notice for landlords seeking possession of their properties. The amendment to the evictioneviction-notice-picture-transparent notice sees a new ground for notice for possession if the tenant or the occupant over the age of 18 is disqualified from occupying the home due to their immigration status. This makes it easier for landlords to evict tenants that are living illegally in the UK.

More information can be found here

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2016/1118/pdfs/uksi_20161118_en.pdf