Right To Rent
Date Published 25 January 2016
From 1st February 2016, in England, it will be an offence to let private rented accommodation to someone who has no legal right to be in the UK or no "right to rent".
This applies to new tenancies starting on or after 1st February 2016 and requires landlords to inspect and copy certain documents (for example a passport or bio metric residence permit) in order to confirm prospective tenants' right to rent. If a prospective tenant has an outstanding immigration application or appeal with the Home Office, landlords can request a Home Office Right to Rent Check. A yes or no answer will be provided within 2 working days.
Landlords who don't make the checks could face a civil penalty of up to £3,000 per tenant if they are found to be renting out a property to someone who is in the UK illegally.
You can read more about Right to Rent on www.gov.uk.
Rest assured Novahomes Plymouth Lettings will incorporate these checks within our full referencing as part of our tenant vetting via Rent4Sure to give our landlords complete peace of mind.