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11th April 2016 – Right To Rent – Have you heard about the new rules?

Earlier this year the Right To Rent rules came into full swing. The scheme is to ensure that anyone renting property in England has the right under English law to be renting property. This has plenty of benefits to us and to you. There are some really important things to remember though. We just wanted to clarify the details for you.

How Do You Check?

Check which adults will live at your property as their only or main home. You can download this document from the Home Office which gives you some very clear instructions. You will need to check that the documents are genuine and belong to the tenant, with the tenant present. Please check the tenant has the right to stay in the UK and that all the details match. if a tenant is arranging accomodation from overseas then you must see the originals and be satisfied that they are genuine before the person begins living in the property.

It is important to make copies of the documents and record the date you made the check. Don’t forget that you can be fined up to £3,000 for renting your property to someone who isn’t allowed to rent property in England.

It is important to check if the property is the tenants main home.

A property would usually be a tenant’s only or main home if:

Who Do You Have To Check? 

You must check that a tenant or lodger can legally rent your residential property in England.

Before the start of a new tenancy, you must make checks for all tenants aged 18 and over, even if:

  • they’re not named on the tenancy agreement
  • there’s no tenancy agreement
  • the tenancy agreement isn’t in writing

You must check all new tenants. It’s against the law to only check people you think aren’t British citizens.

If the tenant is only allowed to stay in the UK for a limited time, you need to do the check in the 28 days before the start of the tenancy.

You won’t need to check tenants in some types of accommodation (eg social housing and care homes).

  • they live there most of the time
  • they keep most of their belongings there
  • their partner or children live with them
  • they’re registered to vote at the property
  • they’re registered with the doctor using that address

Who Can Carry Out The Check?

You can carry out your own checks. It can be time consuming and it is so important that you remember to do the further checks at the correct times. Rent Guaranteed UK completes right to rent checks as a standard part of our service on all our residents. You can rest assured that anyone staying in your property has the right to do so when you work with Rent Guaranteed UK.

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