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Monday, February 01, 2016

Right to Rent starts

Our latest burden begins today - border control.

The Right to Rent regime requires all landlords to check an original copy of one of the following documents, as well as making a copy for their records which they then must retain for a minimum period of one year -

  • UK passport;
  • EEA passport or identity card;
  • permanent residence card or travel document showing indefinite leave to remain;
  • Home Office immigration status document; or
  • certificate of registration or naturalisation as a British citizen.

To correctly check a prospective tenant's documentation, a landlord needs to confirm -

  • the documents are the originals.
  • the dates on the documentation gives the tenant the right to stay in the UK.
  • any photos on the documents actually looks like the tenant.
  • any dates of birth correspond to other documents and match the appearance of the tenant.
  • documents don't appear to have been altered.
  • names correspond to any other supporting documents. 

Failure to do these checks could leave a landlord liable to a fine of up to £3,000.

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