New guidance has been published by the Home Office on carrying out right to rent checks on nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA who have entered the UK through eGates as visitors.
The factsheet, which can be read online here, says that nationals from the countries above may enter the UK using eGates and will not have their passports endorsed by a Border Force Officer on arrival.
Those coming for more than six months will have a visa and will receive a biometric residence permit after arrival. Those entering as visitors do not require a visa and will not have UK stamps placed in their passport but will have a right to remain in the UK for six months and are entitled to rent property for this period.
It is a requirement for all private landlords in England to check the immigration status (carry out a Right to Rent check) on prospective tenants at the outset of the tenancy. Failure to do so could result in fines for landlords and letting agents.
Earlier this year, following a judicial review of the Right to Rent policy, secured by the JCWI and supported by the RLA, the High Court ruled that Right to Rent breaches human rights.
The Government’s appeal against the High Court ruling will be heard on January 14-15. The Court of Appeal has agreed the RLA will be able to submit written and oral evidence, ensuring that the views of landlords are to be at the centre of the case.