The Home Office have recently issued guidance on a tenant’s right to rent in England.
Here’s what you need to know.
(Updated as of 06 January 2021)
What does right to rent mean?
The Right to Rent scheme is a method used by landlords to ensure that tenants who occupy their properties have a legal right to reside in the UK. Before a prospective tenant can rent a home in England, landlords and letting agents must ensure their legal right to reside in the UK with passport and immigration checks.
Who can use the online right to rent check?
This service is to be used when checking a tenant’s right to rent a residential property in England if you are:
- the landlord
- an agent acting on behalf of the landlord
- a tenant subletting without your landlord’s permission
- You do not need to check a tenant’s right to rent property in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
Additionally, this service is to be used if your tenant:
- has a biometric residence card or permit
- has settled or pre-settled status
- applied for a visa and used the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app to scan their identity document on their phone
“If your tenant is an EU, EEA, or Swiss citizen, they can continue to use their passport or national identity card to prove they can rent in England until 30 June 2021.”
Please be advised that the above information is not exhaustive as there are more requirements and points to consider.
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