This document is for guidance purposes only, for further information we suggest you speak with your letting agent and/or the home office.
This is the second version of this code, and it will apply with effect from 1 February 2016. The earlier version of this code will still apply for tenancies that began before this date. However, this version of the code should be applied for repeat right to rent checks if they are required after it comes into effect: this is the case for tenancies that began prior to this.
All private landlords in England and/or their letting agents will have to make right to rent checks. This means checking that tenants have the right to be in the UK before the start of a new tenancy for all tenants over the age of 18.
What this means for landlords
You need to make right to rent checks if you:
- are a private landlord
- have a lodger
- are sub-letting a property
- are an agent appointed by a landlord to make right to rent checks
What this means for tenants
All tenants with tenancy agreements for privately rented accommodation (after 1st February 2016), will be checked by a landlord or agent to make sure they have the right to rent. Tenants who sub-let their room will also need to make right to rent checks.
Acceptable documents include:
- UK passport
- EEA passport or identity card
- permanent residence card or travel document showing indefinite leave to remain
- Home Office immigration status document
- certificate of registration or naturalisation as a British citizen
Accommodation except from this scheme:
- accommodation arranged by local authorities
- care homes, hospitals and hospices
- social housing (including private properties let to social tenants)
- long leases
- student accommodation
- hostels and refuges
At Clair James Property Group this comes as standard as part of our managed services to all our Landlords. If you wish to find out more information about this legislation change or to find out how we can help please call: 01202 944 326.