Home Office Right to Rent

A user guide to Right to Rent document checks

Landlords who let private property in England, or take in lodgers could be liable for a civil penalty if they enter into a tenancy agreement involving an illegal migrant. If a landlord makes the checks and retains copies as required they will have a statutory excuse against such a penalty.

Landlords and agents should apply the right to rent checks in a fair, justifiable and consistent manner, regardless as to whether they believe the prospective tenant to be British, settled or a person with limited permission to be in the UK. More information on avoiding discrimination is available.

Throughout the document you will find a visual guide to each document which can be accepted to satisfy a Right to Rent check, either in isolation or in combination. There is also an FAQ section to address some common queries. If you are carrying out right to rent checks, there is a checklist for you to print and hold for your records. Landlords can arrange for an agent to carry out checks on their behalf if a written agreement exists between them.

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