Back in October, the Government announced new Right to Rent Checks, which will begin on the 1st February 2016. Find out what they mean for you, whether you are a landlord or a tenant.
What is a Right to Rent Check?
A Right to Rent check means checking that a tenant has the right to be in the UK.
I’m a landlord, what does this mean for me?
You will need to make right to rent checks if you are a private landlord, if you have a lodger, if you are sub-letting a property or if you are an agent appointed by a landlord to make the checks.
How to make a right to rent check:
- Check the adult tenants will live in the property as their only/main home.
- Ask tenants for original documents to prove their right to live in the UK.
- Check that the documents are valid with a tenant present.
- Make copies of the documents and keep hold of them, recording the date that you made the check.
If a tenant currently has an outstanding immigration application or appeal with the Home Office, you can request a right to rent check.
I’m a tenant, what does this mean for me?
All tenants with tenancy agreements for privately rented homes after the 1st of February 2016 will have to be checked by a landlord or agent to ensure that they have the right to rent. Tenants who choose to sub-let their room will also need to make the check.
Which documents can I use?
Acceptable ‘right to rent’ documents include:
- A UK passport.
- EEA Passport or identity card.
- Permanent residency card/travel document showing indefinite leave to stay in the UK.
- Home Office immigration status document.
- Certification of registration/naturalisation as a British citizen.
Landlords who fail to make the checks could be fined up to £3000 if they rent a property out to someone who is in the UK illegally. The checks have been introduced as part of the Government’s ongoing reforms to the immigration system.