Do your tenants have the right to rent?

Under the Right to Rent policy, private landlords face potential imprisonment for over three years if they know, or have “reasonable cause to believe” that the property they’re letting out, is tenanted by someone who doesn’t have the right to rent in the UK…

Landlords are now being warned that new guidance from the Government in its Right to Rent scheme could lead to them breaking the law if they followed it. The document states that: for nationals from countries such as: Hong Kong, Australia, Japan, Canada, USA, South Korea or Singapore, that are planning on staying in the UK for a maximum of six months, landlords will only be required to see their passport and airline ticket as proof that they can rent property…

According to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA), whilst this guidance has no legal standing, the legally binding Code of Practice agreed by Parliament makes it clear that for nationals, landlords must request, and see evidence from the Home Office that the person has the right to rent in the UK – whether that’s permanent, or for a time limited period.

They do not need a visa.

The RLA argues that a simple airline ticket with a passport just doesn’t meet the criteria. Without a corresponding change to the Code of Practice by Parliament, the guidance does not give any legal cover for landlords should a tenant stay longer than six months.

For more information, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/check-tenant-right-to-rent-documents