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Government confirms Right To Rent from February 1st

Right To Rent checks will become mandatory in England from February 1st, the government has announced.

Under the new rules, landlords who fail to check a potential tenant’s ‘Right to Rent’ will face penalties of up to £3,000 per tenant.

The new law will mean that private landlords, including those who sub-let or take in lodgers, must check the right of prospective tenants to be in the country to avoid being hit with a penalty.

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.

The first phase was launched in parts of the West Midlands and caused controversy from many industry players who saw it as a move by the government to ask landlords and letting agents to act, effectively, as border control.

Immigration Minister James Brokenshire says the phased introduction of Right to Rent, starting in the West Midlands, was to allow time to assess how the measures work in practice and to carry out an evaluation, which has also been published today.

A panel including the Equality and Human Rights Commission as well as representatives of landlords and letting agents, local authorities, and homelessness charity Crisis, has worked with government on the evaluation.

Under Right to Rent, landlords should check identity documents for all new tenants and take copies. This includes checking a UK passport, a European Economic Area passport or identity card, a permanent residence card or travel document showing indefinite leave to remain, a Home Office immigration status document or a certificate of registration or naturalisation as a British citizen.

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    If they don't have the right to be in the country what are they still doing here!

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    This is a perhaps a silly question ! But how does a genuine UK resident without a passport or any of the other listed documents prove he or she has the right to rent ? and in such cases what evidence needs to be retained on file ?

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    A disaster looms. Personally I will only trust people who are white, speak English as a native and can convince me they have lived here for all their life. I will be very, very suspicious of any documents offered to me by foreigners claiming legal residence status. Sorry but I not want to go to jail over a property let. There is absolutely no malice in my motives but my self protection is paramount. My current foreign born tenants are free and welcome to stay as tenants as long as some bright jobs' worthy does not make these laws retrospective.

    If the government wants me to take immigrants then they had better come up with a solid vetting and documentation system and they had better add to that indemnify for me if they have got their facts wrong or been hoodwinked by the prospective tenant. The buck has to stop somewhere very clearly defined in law. I do not have the facilities to function as a legal stopping point for the bucks final resting point and never will have.

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