Landlords have today been reminded that there is less than one month to go until Right to Rent gets rolled out across the whole of England.
From February 1st 2016, landlords will be permitted to carry out checks to make sure potential tenants have the right to rent accommodation in Britain.
However, from this weekend, landlords can begin to carry out Right to Rent checks, as they can be carried out up to 28 days before the commencement of a new tenancy agreement.
Immigration minister James Brokenshire commented that, ‘landlords with property in England need to prepare now for the new Right to Rent scheme to ensure they are ready for 1st Feburaury.’
‘Ahead of the scheme’s roll-out, we have been working closely with an expert panel to make sure their feedback is taken on board and to design a scheme that is as simple and light touch as possible. Many responsible landlords have already been undertaking similar checks-these are straightforward and do not require any specialist knowledge,’ Brokenshire added.
Brokenshire went on to say, ‘Right to Rent is part of the Government’s wider reforms to the immigration system to make it stronger, fairer and more effective. Those with a legitimate right to be here will be able to prove this easily and will not be adversely affected. The scheme is about deterring those without the right to live, work or study in the UK from staying here indefinitely’.
Landlords are reminded that they could face a penalty of up to £3,000 per tenant, should they be found to be letting a property to somebody who does not have the right to be in the United Kingdom.
In addition, the Government has been working with an expert panel, including trade bodies, local authorities and charities. This panel has proposed an updated code of practice regarding the scheme, which will include changes to the acceptable document list. The Government will provide this in due course.