Right to Rent: What's the Issue?

The Immigration Act 2014 introduced the concept of 'right to rent' to the private rented sector.

Landlords must not authorise an adult to occupy a property as their only or main home unless they can establish the adult has a right to reside in the UK. This means landlords are now required to check the identification of everyone who is over 18 and expected to occupy the property.

You can find our own Right to Rent guide here.

We strongly opposed the introduction of right to rent checks, we believe this is an unnecessary burden on landlords and may exclude vulnerable groups without relevant documents from private rented housing.

The government extended the scope of the right to rent checks in the 2016 Immigration Act. In addition to the civil penalty a criminal offence was introduced, meaning landlords can face up to 5 years in jail for knowingly letting to someone who has no right to rent.

What is the RLA doing?

The RLA is campaigning for significant concessions from the government, meaning landlords will not have committed a criminal offence if landlords are taking reasonable steps to evict these tenants/occupiers from their properties.

We also intervened in a recent High Court ruling that declared the legislation a breach of human rights

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