Right To Rent

10th February 2016 posted in Hunters News

Right To Rent

From 1st February 2016, Right to Rent went live across England.

This means all private landlords, including anyone subletting or taking in lodgers, need to carry out quick and simple checks on all new tenants to make sure they have the right to rent property in the country.  The roll out of Right to Rent has been informed by input from a panel of experts from trade bodies, local authorities, housing charities and the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and backed up by stakeholder events with landlords and agents.

Landlords need to check identity documents for all new tenants and take copies. A wide range of documents can be used for the checks, and the Government has worked closely with housing and homelessness charities to design a document list which can accommodate different individual circumstances. This includes where people do not have traditional identity documents such as a passport.This is an important piece of legislation which carries heavy penalties if not followed, for more information about making the checks go to www.gov.uk/righttorentchecks

Your Hunters Local Office is fully briefed on the new legislation and we have processes in place to “verify” the tenants right to rent prior to move in.  If you require any further information please contact us. Find your nearest branch here.