What is right to rent checks and how it will affect irregular immigrants in UK

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From 1st February 2016 landlords in England will be required to carry out checks to ensure potential tenants have the right to rent property in the UK.

Home Office is already encouraging the landlords to start carrying out right to rent checks since these can be done from 28 days before the start of a tenancy agreement.

“Landlords with property in England need to prepare now for the new right to rent rules to ensure they are ready for 1 February,” said Immigration Minister James Brokenshire.

He said that they had worked with “an expert panel to design a scheme that is as simple and light touch as possible.”

Mr Brokenshire added: “Many responsible landlords have already been undertaking similar checks – these are straightforward and do not require any specialist knowledge.”

The government introduced the new scheme in order to deter those without the right to live, work or study in the UK from staying here indefinitely.

Click here to consult an online checking tool which landlords can use to guide them through the process.