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 02 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 on 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.

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Thank you for your cooperation and stay safe.

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