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United Kingdom Increased Fines for Illegal Workers, Tenants

United Kingdom | Increased Fines for Illegal Workers, Tenants

According to a recent announcement made by the Home Office, the increased fines for employers and landlords who are employing or renting to illegal immigrants will be effective on February 13, 2024.


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According to a previous report, the increased fines were announced in August 2023, stating the civil penalties for employers will triple. For a first offence, an employer’s fine will rise from £15,000 to £45,000 per illegal worker and from £20,000 to £60,000 for repeat offences. At the same time, the landlords will face a relatively higher increase on the first offence, from £80 to £5,000 per lodger and from £1,000 to £10,000 per occupier, while the amounts would double on repeat offences.


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This rise in fines demonstrates the substantial increase in civil penalties since 2014. This measure recognises and reduces illegal migration while ensuring only legal migrants can work, obtain benefits, or acquire public services. Since January 2018, approximately 5,000 civil penalties have been issued to employers, amounting to £88.4 million.

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With this initiative, the Home Office vitalizes all employers and landlords to verify the eligibility of their employees or renters properly. The UK immigration minister said that the rise in fines is intended to discourage migrants from crossing the English Channel illegally using small boats. Employers should analyse their processes and be responsible for complying with established rules and procedures.

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