Right to Rent – new rules for residential landlords
Published March 1st, 2016
The Right to Rent scheme came into force from in February 2016, meaning that residential landlords in England are now legally required to carry out checks on all new tenants that are renting a property to ensure they have the right to rent a property in the country. The scheme, which also applies to people who are taking in lodgers or subletting their property, was introduced in the Immigration Act 2014.
“Only people with permission or a right to be in the UK have a right to rent property,” said Frances Buckley, a chartered surveyor at the Northwich office of Berrys.
“If landlords are found letting to someone who does not have the right to be in the UK, and they cannot show that they have made right to rent checks, then they could face a penalty of up to £3,000.”
Landlords are simply required to check identity documents for all new tenants and also take copies. The checks should be fair and consistent, regardless as to whether the landlord believes the prospective tenant to be British, settled or a person with limited permission to be here.
How to make a check:
1. Check which adults over the age of 18 will live at your property as their only or main home.
2. See the original documents that allow the tenant to live in the UK.
3. Check that the documents are genuine and belong to the tenant, with the tenant present.
4. Make and keep copies of the documents and record the date you made the check.
“Checks should be reassessed if a tenant has only received a temporary right to live in the UK. It is always better to be safe and carry out a follow up check to ensure you are completely compliant,” Frances added.
For more details contact Frances Buckley at the Northwich office of Berrys on: 01606 818957 or email firstname.lastname@example.org