LETTING & ESTATE AGENT

Government publishes right-to-rent code of practice

Government publishes right-to-rent code of practice

The Government has issued guidance for landlords affected by the introduction of right-to-rent immigration checks.

The new code of practice is available on the Government website. It explains:

• if your property is affected
• if any exemptions apply
• how to carry out a right-to-rent check
• what documents individuals can show you as evidence of their right-to-rent
• when and how to request a right-to-rent check from the Home Office

From 1 December 2014, some landlords will need to check that someone has the right to live in the UK before letting a property to them. This includes landlords who take in lodgers or sub-let property.

In most cases you’ll be able to carry out the checks without contacting the Home Office. All you need to do is check evidence of a person’s identity and citizenship, for example a passport or biometric residence permit.

During the pilot phase the right-to-rent checks only apply to:

• landlords in Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton
• all adults aged 18 and over living at the property
• new tenancy agreements starting on or after 1 December 2014

If you let a property after this date to someone who doesn’t have the right to rent, you could be fined up to £3,000.

If you need more help, call the Government landlords helpline on 0300 069 9799