Proposals for landlords to check their tenants ‘right to rent’ have progressed to the stage of a pilot area being designated and the scheme will take place from 1st December. The Home Office website has created various webpages and guiding documents to support landlords.
If your property is in Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall, or Wolverhampton, you can use the ‘Right to rent tool’. The tool will help you to determine:
- If your property will be affected
- How to carry out a right to rent check yourself
- When and how to request an official right to rent check from the Home Office
Most instances will not require contacting the Home Office for guidance.
The home Office has also published a set of documents regarding the landlords’ code of practice. The documents provide guidance for landlords affected by the introduction of right to rent checks. Although the pilot scheme is currently limited to Greater West Midlands areas, it may be prudent for private landlords to be aware of their responsibilities.
Landlords beware; infractions could result in fines of up to £3,000. Government is being extremely forthcoming with assistance and landlords should take advantage of these resources.