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'The Biggest Shake-Up of Civil Penalties Since 2014'

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‘The Biggest Shake-Up of Civil Penalties Since 2014’ -High Penalties Announced for Employing or Housing Illegal Migrants.

On the 7th of August 2023 the Government announced that from 2024 they will be tripling fines for those who employ or rent their properties to migrants who do not have lawful immigration status in the UK. This move has been introduced to deter illegal working and renting.

The Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick said: “Making it harder for illegal migrants to work and operate in the UK is vital to deterring dangerous, unnecessary small boat crossings”.

Currently for employers the maximum penalty for employing illegal workers is set at £15,000 per worker for a first offence and £20,000 per worker for repeat offences. From 2024, the Civil penalties for employers will be increased up to a maximum of £45,000 per worker for a first offence and £60,000 for repeat offences, tripling both from the last increase in 2014.

Landlords could be fined up to £5,000 per lodger and up to £10,000 per occupier of a property. This is a huge increase as currently it is at £80 per lodger and £1,000 per occupier for a first breach. If a landlord repeats these breaches, they could be fined up to £10,000 per lodger and up to £20,000 per occupier. This is up from £500 and £3,000 respectively.

What should Employers and Landlords do?

Employers and Landlords should be conducting the correct checks on those they employ or house to ensure they do not fall foul of conducting the appropriate checks or will face these hefty penalties.

Employers and Landlords should carry out the appropriate right to work and right to rent checks accordingly.

For further advice, please get in touch with our Immigration Team today on 02392660261 or via our website