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If you share your home with a lodger, you need to know about new legislation which could see you being fined if your lodger is an illegal immigrant.

The Immigration Act 2014 means that, from 1 December, council tenants need to check that any new lodger has the right to be in the country. If they don’t have the right to be in the country you could be fined up to £3,000 by the Government.

If you are thinking of taking in a lodger, you will need to see evidence of their identity and citizenship, such as a passport or biometric residence permit. You’ll need to keep copies of these documents to show that you have made the check. (Children aged under 18 will not need to be checked.)

More information about The Immigration Act 2014 is available at GOV.UK and a helpline is also available on 0300 069 9799.

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