Right to Rent Checks 1st February 2016
A quick reminder regarding Right to Rent checks. From the first February 2016 you or your appointed representative should be completing these checks.
These need to be completed for any tenancy starting on or after the February 1 2016. Landlords and agents must check the immigration status of any adult renting their property to ensure they have a right to rent in the UK. Landlords in England must carry out the checks in the days leading up to the start of the tenancy and not after a new tenant takes up residence. As the necessary documents will need to be produced, verified and copied you should be completing these checks now.
If a landlord is found to be renting to people with no legal right to live in the UK a fine of up to £3,000 per illegal occupier can be imposed. The original documents must be seen in the presence of the holder of that document and copies must be retained. Responsibility for the checks can be passed to letting agents, but this needs to be a written agreement with the agent or a landlord can still be considered responsible.
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