Landlords advised to start Right to Rent checks
With the new law going live from 1st February 2016, landlords can now start to carry out Right to Rent checks.
Right to Rent checks can be done 28 days prior to the start of a tenancy agreement.
Landlords are being reminded that there is less than a month to go before they will be required to carry out checks to ensure potential tenants have the right to rent property in the UK.
Right to Rent was first introduced in the West Midlands in December 2014 and will now be enforced nationwide.
There is a financial penalty of up to £3,000 per tenant if a landlord or anyone subletting is found to be letting property to someone who does not have the right to stay in the UK.
The Government has partnered up with an expert consultative panel made up of trade bodies, local authorities and charities, to analyse feedback from the first phase of the scheme.
The panel has advised on an updated landlord’s code of practice which includes changes to the acceptable document list to make it even simpler for landlords to carry out a check.
Immigration minister James Brokenshire said: “Landlords with property in England need to prepare now for the new Right to Rent scheme to ensure they are ready for 1 February.
“Ahead of the scheme’s roll out, we have been working closely with an expert panel to make sure their feedback is taken on board and to design a scheme that is as simple and light touch as possible. Many responsible landlords have already been undertaking similar checks – these are straightforward and do not require any specialist knowledge,” he added.
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