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Huge Increase in Fines for Right to Rent Non-Compliance

Posted on January 24th, 2024

As of 22nd January 2024

For landlords the fines increased 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.

Landlords have been hit with over 320 civil penalties worth a total of £215,500 since the start of 2018 when the Government’s Right to Rent rules were first introduced.

Landlords should already be checking the eligibility of anyone they let a property to and there are a number of ways to do this, which are not changing, including via a manual check of original documentation and a Home Office online checking system.

For full details on how to carry out a landlord Right to Rent check, please see the gov.uk website www.gov.uk/landlord-immigration-check and contact the SWLA office if you have any queries.

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