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Posted 14 August 2015
Right to rent checks
The Immigration Act 2014 came into force on 14 May 2014 and since December 2014 park owners in the Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton areas who rent out park homes for residential purposes have been obliged to check the right to rent of all adult occupiers before entering any tenancy agreement which is for less than seven years. It is expected that the obligation to carry out these checks will be rolled out across the rest of the UK in September.
The check is not required in respect of park homes rented out before December 2014 or for renewals of those tenancies as long as the parties remain the same and there is no break in the tenancy.
There is no obligation to carry out the checks in respect of occupiers entering Mobile Homes Act agreements on residential parks. These are specifically excluded.
A park owner who fails to makes the checks and is found to be letting to tenants without the right to be in the UK could face fines of up to £3,000 per illegal tenant.
If you have any questions regarding the right to rent checks or you are interested in subscribing to our Parklaw service contact the parks teams by telephone on 01392 207020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org