Do Landlords have to check their tenants have the right to rent?
Do Landlords have to check that their tenants have the right to rent?
According to a recent article by the Law Society, the answer is yes!
With all new tenancies which started on or after 1st December 2014, Landlords and Letting Agents of residential property have to check the immigration status of proposed tenants. They need to be satisfied that prospective tenants are allowed to live in UK before letting property to them. A Landlord could be fined up to £3,000 if a prospective tenant does not have the right to rent and copies of passports or biometric residence permits should be retained for a year after the tenancy ends.
There is a free online Home Office checking service available to those wishing to confirm whether a prospective tenant has the right to rent; you can also use a postcode to check if a property is covered by the new rules.
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