The Residential Landlords Association is reminding members they should be carrying out Right to Rent checks NOW, for any tenancy starting on or after February 1.
Under new legislation landlords and agents must check the immigration status of any adult set to move into one of their homes to ensure they have a right to rent in the UK.
Landlords in England must carry out the checks in the 28 days leading up to the start of the tenancy and are being reminded that it is likely to take time for the necessary documents to be produced, verified and copied.
If they are found to be renting to people with no legal right to live in the UK they could be fined up to £3,000 per illegal occupier.
The checks need to be made using original documents and in the presence of the holder of that document, or with them available by video link. Landlords also have to keep copies of the original documents.
Responsibility for the checks can be passed to letting agents, but members are reminded this needs to be a written agreement or ultimately they will be considered responsible.
The RLA is currently running a series of training courses exploring the complexities of immigration law and implications of the Immigration Act as well as arming delegates with the knowledge and understanding to perform the new checks.
For more information on Right to Rent, including details of which documents are acceptable as proof of identification CLICK HERE.