The “Right to Rent Documents Check Guidance” which provides guidance for landlords and tenants in England was updated on 3 September 2021 updated. The guidance provides information on how right to rent checks should be carried out and which documents are now acceptable.
The previous update on this guidance was released in July 2021 and there are many changes to be found in the current updated guidance. The updated guidance makes it much more clear on what documents are acceptable for a right to rent check and how a Landlord or Agent can check the documents.
The right to rent relates to a person’s immigration status.
Depending on their immigration status and which type of leave to enter or remain in the UK they have, people can have:
The Home Office may also grant a discretionary right to rent.
After 30 June 2021 EU, EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members no longer have an unlimited right to rent unless they meet one of the conditions listed above.
A person has no right to rent if they do not have valid leave to enter or remain in the UK, and have not been granted discretionary permission to rent by the Home Office.
Right to rent checks must be carried out by anyone that is letting out private residential accommodation in England. Civil or criminal sanctions, may be applied to those that do not comply.
Guidance can be found by clicking the following links: