The Home Office announced at the end of 2015 a roll-out across England of Right to Rent checks as part of the Immigration Act 2014.
This means that from 1 February 2016 all private landlords and letting agents in England will need to get ‘satisfactory evidence’ of entitlement to live in the UK from all prospective tenants and other adults who would be living with them.
And with seven landlords in the trial area already issued with civil penalties which can go up to £3,000 per illegal occupier, you might consider using a reputable letting agent to support you with this. Note that the law is also applicable to those that sub-let or take in lodgers.
The scheme was first piloted in Birmingham, Sandwell, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Dudley, so if you let a property there, the law has been applicable from 1 December 2014.
For Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the roll-out date is yet to be announced.
So if you’re concerned with what this all means to you, drop in to your local Andrews branch. We work in partnership with our landlords to ensure that they’re fully compliant and support them navigating complex new areas of legislation that they need to be aware of. In fact, we’ve already ensured that we’re doing all necessary checks on tenants to determine their immigration status.