Right to Rent Checks

row of housesThe Home Office have announced Right to Rent checks will be rolled out across the UK from Monday 1st February 2016 on all new tenancies.

The legislation means that all landlords and letting agents agreeing a tenancy in England must carry out ID checks on all adult occupiers prior to the start of the tenancy or face a fine of up to £3,000 per occupier.

Where an adult occupier has a time limited right to remain, follow up checks must be undertaken.  These need to be made 12 months from the initial check or at the expiry of the individual’s right to be in the UK, whichever is the later.

If the follow up check shows that the person no longer has the right to be in the UK, you must make a report to the Home Office. 

As the West Midlands has been used as a test area for the scheme, Sheldon Bosley have the correct processes in place and have been carrying out the necessary checks for several months.  We are, once again, well prepared to accommodate changes in legislation before the required date.

For more information and advice on letting or managing a property, please contact Sue Maaz FARLA in our Shipston-on-Stour office or Michael Scott FARLA.