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Right to rent to be enforced across the UK

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Last Updated: 03/12/2015 11:34:47   Tags: Right To Rent; Landlord Checks

Important changes are taking place in the UK concerning Landlords ‘right to rent’. As from February 2016 it will be compulsory for Landlords and letting agents to carry out checks on the immigration status of their tenants before renting out a property.

The decision to introduce the ‘right to rent’ scheme in the UK was made after the policy was trialed in the West Midlands this year, during which 109 people were found to be in the UK illegally.

These new rules are part of the Immigration Act 2014, which has introduced new measures, including this one to tackle the problem of illegal immigration across the UK.

If you are a Landlord or a lettings agent you will need to check identity documents for ALL new tenants and among these documents are:

• a UK passport
• a European Economic Area passport or identity card
• a permanent residence card or travel document showing indefinite leave to remain    
• a Home Office immigration status document

• a certificate of registration or naturalisation as a British citizen

A full list of documents is available here.

There are four steps involved in making a Right to Rent check:

1. Check which adult tenants will live in the property as their only or main home

2. Ask tenants for the original documents that show they have the right to be in the UK

3. Check the documents are valid with the tenant present

4. Make and keep copies of the documents and record the date you made the check

If a potential tenant has an outstanding immigration application or appeal with the Home Office, you can conduct a check on that person’s ‘right to rent’ via the Landlords Checking Service.

 If you would like any other advice then why not get in touch with your local branch of Hawes and Co or give us a call on: 0208 946 100.