Immigration Act 2014 and Free West Midlands Landlords Conference

HOLD THE DATE! FREE WEST MIDLANDS PRIVATE LANDLORD CONFERENCE – 13 NOVEMBER 2014 @ WALSALL FOOTBALL STADIUM 

WMBUS_HoldTheDateThere are some major changes coming that will affect landlords in Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton from 1 December 2014 concerning “right to rent” checks for new tenancy agreements to determine whether residents have the right to live in the UK legally.

Local authorities and associations from across the West Midlands are holding a FREE West Midlands Landlord Conference on the 13 November 2014 at Walsall Football Stadium, where there will be a series of keynote speakers and briefing sessions covering the latest news that landlords need to know.

To register your interest for this FREE Conference contact Androulla Moore

Tel: 01922 650927

Email: mooreAndroulla@walsall.gov.uk



NEWS: IMMIGRATION ACT 2014 –  WEST MIDLANDS TO BE FIRST LANDLORD ‘RIGHT TO RENT’ CHECK AREA

Security Minister James Brokenshire today announced the new measures in the Immigration Act would be launched in Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton as part of a phased introduction across the country.

The new law will mean private landlords will have to check the right of prospective tenants to be in the country if they want to avoid potentially being fined up to £3,000.

Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire said: “We are building an immigration system that is fair to British citizens and legitimate migrants and tough on those who abuse the system or flout the law.

The right to rent checks are quick and simple, but will make it more difficult for immigration offenders to stay in the country when they have no right to be here.

They will also act as a new line of attack against unscrupulous landlords who exploit people by renting out substandard, overcrowded and unsafe accommodation. 

Landlords in the West Midlands will have all the advice and support they need in advance of the checks going live on 1 December.”

Landlords will need to see evidence of a person’s identity and citizenship, for example a passport or biometric residence permit. Many responsible landlords already do this as a matter of routine, and most legal renters will have the correct documentation ready to hand. In most cases landlords will be able carry out these simple checks without need to contact the Home Office.

Copies of the documentation will need to be taken as evidence the checks have been carried out and retained for one year after the tenancy ends. Children under 18 will not need to be checked. More information about how to carry out a right to rent check is available online at www.Gov.uk including eligibility for a free online Home Office checking service to confirm whether someone has a right to rent. A helpline (0300 069 9799) is also available.

Following an evaluation of the implementation in the West Midlands next spring, the Home Office expects to continue with the phased introduction of checks across the UK next year.

The Immigration Act 2014, which became law earlier this year, is a landmark piece of legislation which builds on the government’s ongoing reforms to make sure the immigration system works in the national interest. The Act is focused on stopping illegal migrants using public services to which they are not entitled, reducing the pull factors which encourage people to come to the UK for the wrong reasons, and making it easier for the Home Office to remove people who should not be here.


MIDLAND LANDLORD ACCREDITATION SCHEME (MLAS ) CPD WORKSHOPS: ‘RIGHT TO RENT’: IMMIGRATION ACT 2014

We will be running a series of CPD Workshops open to MLAS members and non-Members in October and November 2014 in advance of the 1st December implementation dates. Dates will be released shortly.  Keep an eye on our website to find out more.

Workshops

MLAS ACCREDITATION DAY SEMINARS 2014

TUESDAY 7TH OCTOBER 2014   
Highfield House Business Centre
1562-1564 Stratford Road, Hall Green, Birmingham B28 9HA
Registration 09:30. Seminar starts: 10:00. Seminar finishes : 18:00

TUESDAY 21 OCTOBER 2014   
Warwick District Council
Riverside House, Milverton Hill, Leamington Spa CV32 5H2
Registration 09:30. Seminar starts: 10:00. Seminar finishes : 18:00

WEDNESDAY 5TH NOVEMBER 2014      
University of Birmingham
Pritchatts Park Reception, Rear of 9a, Pritchatts Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham West Midlands B15 2QX.
Registration 09:30. Seminar starts: 10:00. Seminar finishes : 18:00

WEDNESDAY 3RD DECEMBER 2014   
Highfield House Business Centre
1562-1564 Stratford Road, Hall Green, Birmingham B28 9HA
Registration 09:30. Seminar starts: 10:00. Seminar finishes : 18:00

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CPD 2014

MLAS CPD WORKSHOPS FOR 2014

THURSDAY 2 OCTOBER 2014

WORKSHOP: Fire Risk Assessment for Property Owners and Managers (worth 5 CPD points)
VENUE: Handsworth Community Fire Station. Rookery Road, Handsworth, Birmingham. B21 9QU.
TIME: 11:00-14:00
Parking: Parking is available on site

MONDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2014

WORKSHOP: Changes to Tenancy Deposit Legislation (worth 5 CPD points)
VENUE: Highfield House Business Centre, Hall Green, Birmingham. B28 9HA.
TIME: 13:00-16:00
Parking: Parking is not available onsite

CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON BOOKING ON TO OUR WORKSHOPS!

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