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Right to Rent

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Right to Rent

 

As of the First of February 2016, Residential Landlords must ensure that a prospective tenant has a right to rent under Section 32 of the Immigration Act, 2014.  The right to rent applies if the tenant is renting as their main home, but excludes student accommodation, social housing, care homes and accommodation with a lease of 7 or more years. 

 

Under the new rules, landlords who fail to check a potential tenant’s ‘Right to Rent’ will face penalties of up to £3,000 per tenant.

 

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.

 

Under right to rent, landlords should check identity documents for all new tenants and take copies. The scheme has been designed to make it straightforward for people to give evidence of their right to rent and a range of commonly available documents can be used.

 

The checks are backed up by Codes of Practice – including guidance on avoiding unlawful discrimination which was drawn up with the assistance of the Human Rights Commission.

 

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

 

Further information

 

https://www.gov.uk/check-tenant-right-to-rent-documents

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