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'Landlords being asked to do the work of border control'

August 3rd, 2015

Episode 522 of 1744 episodes

Landlords will be expected to evict migrants who lose the right to live in England, under measures to be included in the Immigration Bill. Those who fail to evict illegal immigrants or check a migrant's status in advance could face up to five years in jail. "We are breaking the 40 year old principle that it has to be a court that ends a tenancy," said Richard Lambert, chief executive of the National Landlords Association. The bill was out of the blue and was motivated by the government's desire to respond to the migrant crisis in Calais, said Mr Lambert. The proposals were designed to crack down on rogue landlords who "make money out of illegal immigrants," said Greg Clark, secretary of state for Communities and Local Government.

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