Renting to Illegal Immigrants

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 New Millennium

 With the recent crackdown on illegal immigrants in Prince William County I started wondering whether it was legal to rent a home to illegal immigrants.  After all what kind of accountability is there if they don't pay their rent? 

Today I took some new clients out to look at rental properties and when I returned my broker had asked me if they were here legally and had proper documentation.  I did not ask this question to this couple.  They did not speak English and the daughter was interpreting for them. I explained to them all about the credit check, application, and processing fees and took a copy of their driver license.  Just as I would with any rental client. I never asked the question about their status or knew whether it would be legal to do so or not.  My broker and I discussed this situation in quite detail after my appointment with these clients and neither of us knew the answer.  In our county the police have the right to check documentation status of all people that offend the law.  But what is legal in the Real Estate community?

Prince William County is the first county in the US to take a stand against illegal immigrants and begin deporting these individuals that commit felonies. They are working with ICE to remove these offenders and deport them back to their country.  Illegal immigration has become a huge problem for our county and its resources.  After all these people are violating the law by coming here illegally.  Over the next few months Prince William County is going to begin taking away county services to illegal immigrants such as social services, possibly education and health-care. 

So what is our responsibility to our Owners?  And what is legal when it comes to illegal immigrants and renting? 

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Eric Bouler
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I have never thought of the proble. I wonder how they have a credit score which is a major factor when we rent to a person. I guess it would depend on what the law says and how realtors are involved in the transaction.
Sep 20, 2007 09:26 PM #1
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Stacy Magid
Century 21 New Millennium - Woodbridge, VA
I have asked our broker to ask our local Real Estate board and see what they say.  Wonder how others are handling this situation.
Sep 21, 2007 09:36 AM #2
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Stacy Magid
Century 21 New Millennium - Woodbridge, VA
So today I asked another broker in my office her thoughts on this situation and she was stumped too.  She placed a call to our local board to see their answer and they weren't sure either.  Now the board is going to ask legal counsel.  Seems like I opened a can of worms.
Sep 21, 2007 12:26 PM #3
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Stacy Magid
Century 21 New Millennium - Woodbridge, VA
So a little update just in case anyone is wondering.  I found out from our attorney that is our contact from the board that we do have the authority to ask as leasing agents whether or not a client has documentation to be here legally.  In addition the landlord has the right to deny the rental to an undocumented immigrant.  Hope this is beneficial to those agents that may have questioned this information in the past.
Sep 24, 2007 09:03 AM #4
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Alan Burwell
McHugh Realtors - Sequim, WA
Stacy,  We have 2 agents who own their own rental properties.  I sometimes help them with the paper process of checking the potential tenants.  We've actually had social security numbers not come up in our search.  Past that, I'm not sure what the agent did but I know she wasn't eager to continue working with them.
Sep 26, 2007 01:48 PM #5
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Simon Conway
Orlando Area Real Estate Services - Orlando, FL

I feel certain that you have a duty to a landlord to find tenants that have a right to be here. If they skip on the rent then how are you going to find them? I would absolutely ask them the question and inform them that you are going to do a full check. The only thing you MUST do, is to ask this question of ALL potential renters. I don't care what language they speak or what accent they speak it with. You cannot discriminate. If you find them to be illegal, hand them over to INS and have their butts thrown out of the country.

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Sep 26, 2007 01:55 PM #6
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Stacy Magid
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The only illegals that are thrown out of the county are the ones that have commited felonies.  The system is so overloaded that they can't just deport those that are here illegally unfortunately. 

 Our board discussed this in further detail today and they said the same, once you ask one you have to ask all due to fair housing,

 

 

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