Landlords warned over tenant checks

File photo dated 25/12/08 of estate agent to let signs as more than half of renters believe they will be in their 40s before they become home owners, research suggested. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday February 27, 2012. Rents soared to an average of �890 a month last year as people struggled to get on the property ladder, but despite the hikes one in four people said long-term renting was not a problem, property website FindaProperty.com found. See PA story MONEY Rent. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire
File photo dated 25/12/08 of estate agent to let signs as more than half of renters believe they will be in their 40s before they become home owners, research suggested. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday February 27, 2012. Rents soared to an average of �890 a month last year as people struggled to get on the property ladder, but despite the hikes one in four people said long-term renting was not a problem, property website FindaProperty.com found. See PA story MONEY Rent. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire
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Landlords are to face hefty fines if they cannot prove they have done everything they can to prevent the lease of a property to illegal immigrants, a Lancashire expert has warned.

The Government has announced new legislation, the Immigration Act 2014, which will be piloted before rolling out to the rest of the UK.

Property specialist Will Garnett, solicitor with the litigation team at Lancashire law firm, Napthens, warns that from December private landlords may face fines if they rent property to illegal immigrants without first checking the rights of the prospective tenants to live in the UK.

The step has been taken to help the Home Office tackle illegal immigration.

Landlords will need to take “reasonable steps” before a tenancy starts, he warned.