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Right to Rent: Windrush guidance for landlords

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

Landlords renting to Windrush immigrants, who have a right to live in the UK, but may not have the documents to prove it, can apply for a Positive Right to Rent Notice (PRRN).

The information is included in an updated Right to Rent guide published by the Government.

Landlords whose Windrush tenants do not have the necessary documents have been told they SHOULD NOT refuse permission to rent, but should instead contact the Landlords Checking Service.

The service can then issue the Positive Right to Rent Notice (PRRN) which will act as a statutory excuse against a civil penalty and lasts indefinitely.

The RLA has been highly critical of the Government’s Right to Rent policy and the High Court has given permission for a legal review, backed by the RLA, to be launched.

A second bid for a judicial review launched by an individual tenant has been turned down.

In addition to the Windrush information the new guide includes details on everything from follow up checks to civil penalties.

To read the new guidance in full click here.

Find out more:
  • The RLA runs a course on Immigration and Right to Rent.
  • Make your voice heard. Want to share your views on Right to Rent? The RLA in encouraging its members to get in touch about their experiences of the policy, and to also right to their local MP. You can get in touch by emailing
  • Looking for advice on Right to Rent? Contact our Landlord Advice Team.

About the author

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Communications Manager for the RLA and award-winning Editor of RPI magazine. With 16 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and editorial content for our media partners.

She issues press releases promoting the work of the RLA and its policies and campaigns to the regional and national media and works alongside the marketing team on the association’s social media channels to build support for the RLA and its work.

1 Comment

  • Eh up ! What’s this then ?
    “… or a scanned and unalterable electronic record of the document”.
    That condition on it’s own makes it virtually impossible to comply. I doubt that many, if any, landlords will be able to carry around a copier – which realistically means using the camera on a phone to photograph the document. BUT, such a photograph does not even come close to being an “unalterable electronic record”, so does not meet the requirements they have laid down.
    So in practical terms, it is **not possible** for a landlord to comply with this guidance. I feel another letter to my MP coming on – not that he ever answers them.

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