Failure to apply for a licence for an HMO is an offence and can result in a fine of up to £20,000.
Landlords who operate a licensable HMO without a licence may also, in certain cases, have rent taken off them. This applies to rent paid by tenants or by housing benefit.
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Immigration Act revised 2016 should a landlord or letting agent fail to ensure ALL tenants/occupiers have a righto reside for the duration of the tenancy then they may be fined £3000 for each breach. The Secretary of State may instruct the landlord to remove such persons without the need of a court order by way of reasonable force
Labour market enforcement - restriction on illegal migrants to work. A labour market enforcement undertaking (an “LME undertaking”) is an undertaking by the person giving it (the “subject”) to comply with any prohibitions, restrictions and requirements set out in the undertaking