Right to rent

The government has announced that from 1 February 2016, all private landlords in England will have to check new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out their property.

Right to rent was introduced in the Immigration Act 2014 as part of the government’s reforms to build a fairer and more effective immigration system.

The new law will mean that private landlords, including those who sub-let or take in lodgers, must check the right of prospective tenants to be in the country to avoid being hit with a penalty fine of up to £3000 per tenant.

Landlords need to check identity documents for all new tenants and take copies. A wide range of documents can be used for the checks, and the government has worked closely with housing and homelessness charities to design a right to rent document checks: user guide (assets.publishing.service.gov.uk) which can accommodate different individual circumstances. This includes where people do not have traditional identity documents such as a passport.

There are resources available to help landlords comply with the new rules, including an online checking aid which landlords can use to guide them through the process and to request a check on anyone who has an outstanding case with the Home Office. 

For more information about making the checks go to check your tenants right to rent (GOV.UK) 

Last updated: ‎15‎/‎02‎/‎2019‎ ‎14‎:‎43‎