Right to Rent Scheme to roll out across England from 1st February 2016
Thu 22 Oct 2015
The Home Office has announced that from the 1st February 2016, the Right to Rent Scheme will be extended across England. This means all private landlords in England, including those subletting or taking in lodgers, will have to check new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting our their property.
The scheme is being extended following an evaluation of the first phase in the West Midlands and has received the continued input of industry experts, housing and homeless charities and local authorities.
What this means for the private rented sector
As of the 1st February 2016, anyone who rents out a property in England will need to see and make a copy of evidence that any new adult tenant has the right to rent in the UK (for example a passport or bio metric permit).
The process is fairly simple and many organisations in the private rented sector already check the immigration status of tenants. In most cases checks can be carried out without contacting the Home Office. However, if a tenant has an outstanding immigration application or appeal with the Home Office, landlords can request a Home Office Right to Rent Check. A yes or no answer will be provided within two working days.
Landlords who don't make the the checks could face a civil penalty of up to £3,000 per tenant, if they are found to be renting property out to someone who is in the UK illegally.
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