Landlord’s guide to right to rent checks

The Home Office have recently issued guidance which advises a landlord, letting agent or homeowner how to conduct a right to rent check when letting privately rented accommodation.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 25 November 2020)

The guidance includes advice on:

  • Discrimination
  • Legislation
  • Which letting arrangements fall within the scheme
  • Who may be liable for a civil penalty
  • Liability
  • Transfer of liability
  • Who can occupy residential accommodation
  • Letting arrangements that fall within the scheme
  • How to conduct a right to rent check
  • When to end a tenancy due to immigration status
  • What are the sanctions if you are found to be renting to a disqualified person
  • List of acceptable documents for a document-based right to rent check
  • Right to tent checks for EEA and Swiss nationals
  • Temporary adjusted right to rent checks during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Please be advised that the above information is not exhaustive as there are more requirements and points to consider.

For more information provided by Bolton’s leading Immigration Solicitors on Landlord’s right to rent document checks: a user guide, send an email to or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

Thank you for your cooperation and stay safe.

Compass Immigration Law LTD:

“The direct route to immigration expertise.”

Follow us:


Twitter: @CompassImmLaw_


Instragram: @CompassImmLawLtd

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *