Theresa May is set to introduce a number of changes under a new immigration bill that she hopes will indicate that Britain is not the ideal home for illegal immigrants. Included in this bill will be the power for landlords to be able to evict tenants immediately if they are found to be illegal immigrants, while those landlords that do not conduct proper checks on the immigration status of their tenants could face hefty fines and up to five years in jail.
The government has taken and has proposed to take a number of actions that have been heavily criticised, in a bid to reduce the number of illegal immigrants entering and staying in the country. They are currently discussing ways in which to prevent immigrants from entering the country from Calais, while new legislation is being discussed while they are effectively without any real opposition in Parliament.
The Prime Minister has previously said that he plans to stop benefits for families if an asylum application is rejected. This is one of a number of initiatives that the government hopes will paint the UK as being a cold and fruitless country for migrants that fail in their asylum bids, and removing the automatic right for benefits has been criticised by a number of groups including The Refugee Council.
Landlords will also have to conduct more thorough and rigorous checks on potential tenants, if they do not want to fall foul of new laws. Landlords will now have to check the immigration status of tenants, and if they fail to do so then they could face up to five years in prison if a tenant is found to be an illegal immigrant.
Immigrants themselves face the possibility of being instantly and immediately evicted from the premises, with landlords no longer required to give notice or warning before evicting illegal immigrants from their premises. A blacklist of rogue landlords and letting agents that have been found guilty of this practice will be maintained and will enable local councils to concentrate their efforts in appropriate areas and to conduct regular checks.