Seventy-five civil penalties totalling £40,100 were issued under the Right To Rent scheme from July to September.

The latest quarterly tally takes the number of fines since the start of last year to 311, with a total value of just over £200,000.

Under Right To Rent, landlords or householders must establish that tenants or lodgers are in the country legally by taking copies of documents such as passports or identity cards.

Failure to do so can mean fines of up to £3,000 a tenant. The initiative was first trialled in the West Midlands before being introduced across England from February 2016.

“These latest statistics make clear that where illegal migrants are found to be renting property, we are taking action” Home Office spokeswoman

Press Association analysis of Home Office data released last week shows a rise in the number of fines since the nationwide roll-out.

Between January and September this year, 209 penalties were issued – more than twice the 102 handed out in 2016. The latest three-month total of 75 compares with 31 registered in the equivalent period last year.

Campaigners claim the clampdown fuels discrimination and argue there is little evidence it is making an impact in the Government’s efforts to create a “hostile environment” for illegal migrants.

A Home Office spokeswoman said: “The Right To Rent scheme is just one of the ways in which we are making it more difficult for those with no right to be in the UK to live and work here.

“These latest statistics make clear that where illegal migrants are found to be renting property, we are taking action.

“We regularly meet with representatives from the private rented sector such as local authorities, landlords and housing charities, to discuss and monitor the scheme.

“This ensures that levels of awareness are good and that checks are being routinely carried out.”

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