Right to Rent Changes

From the 1st July 2021…

Landlords in the UK will have to check their tenants have a legal right to rent their property. Whether it’s a house or a lodger in a room, every person over the age of 18 needs to provide evidence of their right to rent. They don’t have to arrange the checks themselves, provided there is a written agreement between them, their managing agent or letting agent can arrange for the checks to be done on the landlord’s behalf. The grace period for this is set to end on the 30th June.

If the new guidance is not followed and checks are not carried out, Landlords could face a penalty of up to £3,000 per person living in the house.

The changes

Instead of checking nationality Landlords must now check the UK immigation status of all adults living in private property. That means instead of providing national identification, tenants need to provide proof of imigration status.

This applies to anyone in the EEA (European Economic Area), EU Countries, and Swiss nationals.

What tenants need to provide and how to provide it.

There are 2 ways to provide the evidence for the checks. One is by providing a copy of the physical documents below.

There are 2 lists tenants can look through and choose from. List A (Group 1); you can choose 1 form of evidence from this list as proof. List A (Group 2); you can choose a combination of 2 of these documents.
For further information there is a helpful guide from the home office which can be found here.

You can also provide digital evidence online here via the GOV website. This involves providing a date of birth and code which when inputted reveal a status of ‘unlimited’ or ‘time limited’ to remain in England.


View our Right to rent page HERE

Right to rent document checks: a user guide

There’s a great download available covering the rules and regulations for checking documents from the government,

Download Here