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Murray Management is a well established Residential Property Management company with offices on St Leonard's Road, Windsor in the prosperous South-East corner of England.

We operate in the Berkshire and Oxfordshire areas including, Windsor, Datchet, Ascot, Sunningdale, Maidenhead, Henley on Thames, Eton, Twyford, Reading, Wargrave and the surrounding areas.

As a family business which has been established since 1985, we offer a comprehensive, professional and friendly service to both landlords and tenants.

We provide a variety of services from full management for owners going abroad, to advice on buying a property for letting, we do try hard to tailor all of our services to the clients needs.

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Windsor
44 (0)1753 775588

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Unintended consequences of right-to-rent tenant checks

From the 1st of December 2014 Landlords in the West Midlands will have to check their tenant’s immigration status to ensure that they have the right-to-rent in the UK.

Any landlord that fails to carry out these checks can be fined £3,000 per illegal immigrant over the age of 18 found living in their property.
This act is likely to have implications stretching beyond those foreseen by policy makers.
Its intention is to create a ‘hostile environment’ for illegal immigrants with hopes that they would rather return to their previous country than risk being homeless. However, considering many illegal immigrants risk their lives to come to the UK it is likely that the threat of homelessness will act as no more than another hurdle on the road to a better life.
Many illegal immigrants will find accommodation in hostels and B&Bs as these establishments are not subject to the same rules that landlords in the private rented sector are. Unfortunately, the amount of local homeless is on the rise and hostels and B&Bs are often used to temporarily accommodate vulnerable members of society until a more permanent situation can be found.
Another concern is that of racial discrimination. Referencing companies have included documentation verification in their tenant referencing to accommodate for these changes. However, there is a real concern that landlords will only use these referencing services on tenants that aren’t ‘obviously British’.

Landlords may even go as far as to only offer their properties to tenants that they feel are ‘definitely British’ to avoid risking fines without having to fully reference their tenants. This may mean that large amounts of people feel shut out from the private rented sector.






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