Landlords must check that a tenant or lodger can legally rent a residential property in England. Before the start of a new tenancy, you must check all tenants aged 18 and over, even if they're not named on the tenancy agreement. You must determine whether the applicant qualifies for the Right To Rent Checks and if they do, you must obtain the correct permissions for them to rent in England.
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Right To Rent & Immigration Checks
As of the 1st February 2016, all UK landlords, became legally responsible for checking that potential tenants have the right to reside in your property. As a Landlord, you must now check that a tenant or lodger can legally rent your residential property in England. Before the start of a new tenancy, you must check all tenants aged 18 and over, even if they are not named on the tenancy or there is no tenancy agreement.
You should never take a chance with a tenancy, you simply don’t know who you are potentially renting to and getting it wrong could be very costly, it could even end up with you having a criminal record. If the tenant is only allowed to stay in the UK for a limited time, you need to do the check in the 28 days before the start of the tenancy.
Who Is Eligible?
British nationals, citizens of countries in the EEA, and Swiss nationals automatically have the right to live and rent in the UK. Citizens of countries outside of the UK most likely need to have a visa to live in the UK.
The obligations of landlords or their agents will not stop at the initial checks but there will also be the requirement to carry out further checks to ensure their tenant’s and any authorised adult resident in the property do still have permission to stay in the UK. These checks must be made just before the expiry date of the tenant’s right to stay in the UK and 12 months after the previous checks were carried out.
Law Society ProfessionalsAll Right To Rent checks are carried out by Law Society Accredited ProfessionalsLaw Society Professionals
Quick ResultsInitial response within 4 business hoursQuick Results
On Line Application Online forms and guidance to make the process simple.On Line Application
Legal CertificationCertificate will prove that the Tenants have the Right To RentLegal Certification
Legal ResponsibilityWe take on full legal responsibility for verifying the status of the tenantsLegal Responsibility
Full ComplianceChecks are carried out under the full compliance requirements of the Right To Rent ActFull Compliance
Document StorageWe store all documentation so that we can demonstrate compliance with all obligations under the Immigration Act.Document Storage
Diarised ComplianceWe will contact you a month before the tenants Right To Rent expires so you can continue to be compliant with all your legal obligationsDiarised Compliance
Check the tenant’s original documents to ensure that the person has a right to rent in England.
Check the documents of all other adults living in the property.
Return all documents to the tenants, the landlord needs to make copies of all the documents and keep them for record keeping purposes until the tenants vacate the property.
The landlord will have to make repeat checks if there is a time limit on the occupier’s right to stay in the UK. The landlord will have to ask to see the documents again just before the permission to stay runs out, or after 12 months, whichever is longer.
Landlords do not have to check the Right to Rent of existing occupiers who moved in before the requirement to conduct checks was introduced.