For tenancies which start on or after 1 February 2016, landlords and letting agents of properties in England should check the potential tenants right to rent before letting them a property.
How to make a check
* Check which adults will live at your property as their only or main home.
* See the original documents that allow the tenant to live in the UK.
* Check that the documents are genuine, have not expired and belong to the tenant, with the tenant present.
* Make and keep copies of the documents and record the date you made the check.
You can be fined up to £3,000 for renting your property to someone who isn’t allowed to rent property in England.
You must make a further check on your tenant to make sure they can still stay in the UK if their permission to stay is time limited. You can be fined if you don’t make a further check and your tenant’s permission to stay runs out.
You must make a further check just before either:
* The expiry date of your tenant’s right to stay in the UK
* 12 months after your previous check
If you are a tenant find out how the right to rent affects you on https://www.gov.uk/private-renting/document-checks. If you are a tenant or a landlord and require assistance with this right please contact our Landlord and Tenant department on +44 (0) 203 402 6095.