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Posted 4 December 2014
by Paul Kelly

Immigration Act 2014 and the right to rent – does it apply to residential park owners?

Since 1 December 2014 landlords within defined areas of the West Midlands are prohibited from allowing certain persons from occupying residential properties under the Immigration Act 2014 (“the Act”).   The Act is designed to prevent illegal immigrants establishing a base in the UK.

The Act exempts various agreements from its requirements including any agreement protected by the Mobile Homes Act 1983. However park owners who lease mobile homes or residential properties not exempted by the Act are required to comply and are at risk of civil penalties if they fail to do so.

The Act requires property owners to check the immigrations status of persons intending to occupy residential premises.

Currently the Act only applies to the following parts of the country: Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton but will extend to other parts of the country in due course.

We will provide updates on the provisions of the Immigration Act 2014  and other park law topics in future blogs and in the newsletters circulated to subscribers of our Parklaw service.

If you have any questions regarding the Immigration Act 2014 or if you are interested in subscribing to our Parklaw service contact the parks team by telephone on 01392 207020 or email

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About the author

Paul Kelly

Partner and Solicitor

Paul is the managing partner of the firm