From 1st February 2016 all landlords in England will have to carry out checks to ensure potential tenants have the right to rent property in the UK.
“Right to rent is part of the government’s wider reforms to the immigration system to make it stronger, fairer and more effective. Those with a legitimate right to be here will be able to prove this easily and will not be adversely affected. The scheme is about deterring those without the right to live, work or study in the UK from staying here indefinitely,” Immigration Minister James Brokenshire said.
This video prepared by the Home Office explains to the landlords how to make the right to rent checks.
Here are the simple steps landlords have to follow
1. Check your property will be the tenant’s main home.
2. Ask your tenant for the original document or documents that show they can live in the UK. This might be a passport or a birth certificate – there’s a full list of on GOV.UK.
3. Check the documents while the tenant is with you. Check the name, photo, and expiry date.
4. Make clear copies of the documents, record the date you made the check, and put the copies somewhere safe.
Home Office has prepared an online checking tool which landlords can use to guide them through the process. They can also request a check on anyone who has an outstanding case with the Home Office.
For more information on how to make a Right to Rent check, go to gov.uk/righttorentchecks