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Right To Rent guidance: government set to announce changes says trade body

The government is planning to update its Right To Rent guidance following the roll out of the scheme across the country, according to the Residential Landlords' Association.

Other industry groups contacted by Letting Agent Today were unaware of the nature or timing of any possible change by the RLA says the government has indicated to it that amendments are likely. 

Right To Rent came into force in February for letting agents and landlords in England following a controversial pilot project in the West Midlands; agents and landlords most now check that all new tenants have a right to rent in the UK, following a series of procedures set out by the Home Office.

The upcoming change will not be the first to this hotly-debated measure; in March the government let it be known that agents or landlords would no longer be immediately criminalised if they failed to recognise illegal tenants through the Right To Rent process. 

Previously, landlords and agents would face immediate criminal sanctions upon discovery that they failed to ensure their tenants had the right to rent property in the UK.

Now the RLA is appealing for landlords to share their experiences of Right To Rent so far; the associated will collate comments and pass them on to the government.


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