There is new legislation coming into effect from the 1st February 2016 that will impact on all private landlords across England.
What is the legislation?
The legislation states that all private landlords in England will have to check that new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out their property, this is done through checking the potential tenant’s ‘Right to Rent’. The right to rent was introduced in the Immigration Act 2014 as part of the government’s reforms to build a fairer and more effective immigration system.
What is the impact of this legislation?
Under the right to rent, landlords must check identity documents for all new tenants and take copies. If this isn’t done or done incorrectly, landlords can be fined up to £3,000 for renting properties to those not allowed to stay in the UK.
Who will need to carry out the checks?
You will need to make right to rent checks if you are a private landlord, have a lodger, are sub-letting a property or are an agent appointed by a landlord to make right to rent checks. As a private landlord you are able to ask any agents that manage or let your property to carry out the check for you – you should have this agreement in writing.
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