From the 1st February 2016, new government legislation requires all landlords and letting agents in England to check any prospective tenant’s immigration status or right to rent in the UK. Failure of landlords and letting agents to carry out the right to rent checks could potentially leave landlords facing up to £3,000 in civil penalties.

Right to rent checks are the checks, a landlord, letting agent or householder, renting out property should make to ensure that the prospective tenants have a right to rent. If the right to rent check is not performed and the occupier has no right to rent there could be a civil penalty to pay.

Right To Rent Checks

Our Right to Rent software

The Right to Rent scheme requires landlords to check that all tenants who occupy their properties have the right to rent in the UK. This means that before a new tenancy agreement, a landlord or letting agent must undertake checks prior to letting out the property.

Our Right to Rent software allows users to record tenant details like nationality, type of let, key dates. You can record requirement checks like tenancy agreement type and whether the tenant(s) are eligible to rent a property. The software has the ability to record signature on device by the Tenants as well as inspector. Record original documents that prove your tenants can live in the UK such as passports and visas.

Who can carry out a right to rent check?

Right to rent checks should be made by private landlords, letting agents or householders who are letting private rented accommodation. Anyone who lives in a property as a tenant or occupier, and sub-lets all or part of the property, or takes in a lodger, should also make the right to rent checks.

Do British citizens need right to rent checks?

The right to rent legislation right to rent checks must be carried out on all adult tenants, even if they are British citizens.

What has the Immigration act 2014 got to do with right to rent checks?

Right to rent was introduced in the Immigration Act 2014 as part of the government’s reforms to make the immigration system more effective . The aim of the law is to stop those who are residing in the UK illegally from staying in the country.