All private landlords in England must conduct Right to Rent checks on prospective tenants from 1st February 2016.
The law was created to combat illegal immigration, as the checks ensure tenants have the right to live in the UK.
You must undertake the checks if you are a private landlord, have a lodger, sublet a property, or are a letting or management agent working on behalf of a landlord.
Conducting the checks
- Before you let a property, you must ensure that an adult tenant will live in the home as their only or main residence.
- You must request all original documents that prove the tenants have the right to be in the UK.
- When the tenant is present, you must ensure the documents are valid.
- Make and keep copies of these documents and record the date that you made the checks.
If a potential tenant has an outstanding immigration application or appeal with the Home Office, you can request a Home Office right to rent check.
All prospective renters seeking private rental accommodation must have their immigration status checked from 1st February 2016. Tenants that sublet rooms must conduct the checks on other renters.
You will need to see certain documents that prove your prospective tenants have the right to live in the UK.
Acceptable documents include:
- UK passport.
- EEA passport or identity card.
- Permanent residence card or travel document stating indefinite leave to remain.
- Home Office immigration status document.
- Certificate of registration or naturalisation as a British citizen.
If you do not undertake the checks, you could be fined up to £3,000 if your property is rented to someone who is in the UK illegally.
The checks have been introduced as part of the Government’s changes to the immigration system.
You can find out more here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/right-to-rent-checks-what-they-mean-for-you