From 1st February 2016 all landlords in England will be required to check the ‘Right-to-Rent’ status. In preparation the RLA has prepared a guide to make sure that landlords are on the right side of the law. Prepared by the RLA Landlord Advice Team (LAT) and Policy the information in the guide will answer any questions you may have about the checks.
The Immigration Act 2014 introduced the concept of ‘right to rent’ to the private rented sector. Originally introduced in the West Midlands, right to rent requires landlords and agents check the immigration status of their prospective tenants at the outset of the tenancy. Under the previous coalition government, this introduction to the West Midlands was intended as a pilot scheme. National rollout was only expected to take place after consultation and impact studies had been completed. Sadly, this is no longer the case however and the requirements will come into force on February 1st 2016 for all landlords in England.
The guide sets out any questions you may have regarding the checks such as:
- Is this for assured shorthold tenancies only?
- What types of tenancy are exempt?
- What are the requirements?
- Is it for new tenancies only?
- Who is responsible for these checks?
- What is ‘right to rent?’
- Who has a permanent right to rent?
- Who has a time limited right to rent?
- How often should I check their right to rent?
- The requirements are for adults. What about children?
- How do I check the occupiers?
- How many identification documents should I get?
If you have any uncertainty regarding the above, or other questions about Right-to-Rent it is crucial you refer to the guide.
The RLA is holding a number of training courses to help landlords prepare for the changes. Please click here to view the dates available. If you act before 15th November you may be eligible for a discount.