New proposals on immigration controls in the UK will result in private landlords becoming legally responsible for ensuring that they only let properties to people allowed to be in Britain.
The new laws will result in nearly two million buy-to-let property owners taking on the additional role of checking the immigration status of potential tenants. Fines running into thousands of pounds will be imposed on those found in breach of the new laws.
The proposals are part of a wide-ranging series of legislative changes on immigration reform in the UK.
Additionally, measures to restrict access to various social services for EU nationals are also in the works. One such proposal would restrict access to certain benefits for more than six months if immigrants do not actively seek work and show they have a genuine chance of seeking employment.
Other measures will limit the right of immigrants to claim legal aid, closing a loophole which allows those there illegally to rack up taxpayer-funded bills fighting deportation.