Right to rent document checks: a user guide

The Home Office have recently issued guidance for landlords and tenants on how right to rent checks should be carried out and which documents are acceptable.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 02 November 2020)

This guidance provides you with information about the rules for document checks, examples of acceptable documents and frequently asked questions.

You will also be able to find information on:

  • checking the validity of documents
  • retaining evidence
  • what you can do if you do not have standard identity documents

Additionally, the guidance includes advice on:

  • How to carry out a right to rent check
  • Acceptable single documents which show an unlimited right to rent
  • Acceptable document combinations which show an unlimited right to rent
  • Documents which show a time-limited right to rent

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 info@compasslaw.org.uk or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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