Heads up for landlords – right to rent rules have changed

New guidance to landlords with regards to right to rent checks was issued by the Home Office on July 1st 2021.

All landlords in England have a responsibility to prevent those without lawful immigration status from accessing the private rented sector. Landlords must conduct right to rent checks on all prospective adult tenants before the start date of a tenancy agreement, to make sure the person is not disqualified from renting a property by reason of their immigration status.

The most significant updates in this new government guidance relate to:

• changes to the way EEA citizens will prove their right to rent in England from 1st July.

• an amendment to the acceptable document list to remove the requirement of EEA passports, national identity cards and specified EEA Regulations documents, which only confirmed the individual’s nationality or that they were exercising EEA Treaty Rights.

• an amendment to the acceptable document list to include an Irish passport and passport, a document issued by the Crown Dependencies Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man, which has been verified as valid by the Home Office Landlord Checking Service.

• permission for visitors who are nationals of EEA countries to present proof of arrival within the previous six months (for example a physical or electronic plane/boat/train ticket or boarding pass) along with their passports to demonstrate a right to rent.

 • the temporary adjusted right to rent checking process during COVID-19 that is in place until 31st August 2021.

If you’re a landlord and have any questions relating to renting your property or right to rent checks, please get in touch with our lettings team –  southsea@bernardsea.co.uk or call 023 9272 8099.

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The full Landlord’s Guide To Right To Rent checks document can be found here.