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RIGHT TO RENT

What Does Right to Rent Mean for Me?
Under the Immigration Act 2014 it is important for tenants and landlords to understand the implications of this act. All adult occupants or renters must prove that they are in the UK legally before signing a tenancy agreement. This entire process is called a Right to Rent check.

What is a Right to Rent Check?
This is when a prospective tenant shows their identity documents in-person to a landlord or letting agent for a rental property. This is a comparable process to when you show your passport (and visa) to a border control officer at immigration.
The landlord or letting agent must take a copy of your ID & Visa and keep a record of the check. If a tenant has a time-limited right to rent (e.g. a visa or Biometric Residence Permit with an expiry date) then the check must be done within 28 days of the tenancy start date and the visa must be valid for the proposed tenancy commencement date.

What are the Landlord's/Agent's Responsibilities?
The landlord and/or the agent must check all adult tenants who will live in the property as their main or only home and ask tenants for the original documents that prove they have the right to be in the UK. Check the original documents with the tenant present and ensure that they are genuine and valid. Conduct follow up checks at the appropriate time (e.g. repeat the check when a tenant's visa expires). If follow up checks reveal that an occupant in a rental property no longer has a valid ‘Right to Rent' then the landlord or their lettings agent must report that person to the Home Office.

Valid Documents
Acceptable documents that a tenant can use to demonstrate their identity and Right to Rent are dependent on their nationality.
  • Valid Passport
  • Valid EEA*/Swiss National ID Card
  • Combination of Valid UK Driving Licence & Original UK Birth Certificate (British Citizens Only)
  • For other nationalities are a combination of a passport and a valid Visa or Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).
If I Don't Have the Documents and the Consequences?
Renting a property is conditional to all 18+ years old occupants demonstrating a valid Right to Rent before the start of the tenancy with a satisfactory result. If any adult occupant fails, then they will be denied access to the rental property.

For More Information?
Right to Rent checks has been introduced as part of wider Government reforms to the immigration system. For more information visit the Home Office Website (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/right-to-rent-document-checks-a-user-guide)