Landlord right to rent checks – update

By on 13/11/2014 in News

Codes of practice and guidance documents for landlords required to conduct right to rent checks have been published on gov.uk

These documents will help landlords in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Walsall and Dudley who should conduct right to rent checks on new tenancies starting from 1 December.

From 1 December landlords in these areas could face a civil penalty of up to £3,000 if they rent a property to someone without the right to rent in the UK.

The codes of practice and guidance explain how landlords can carry out the simple check, what documents they can accept, as well as how they should avoid unlawful discrimination.

Landlords can carry out a check up to 28 days before the tenancy agreement begins.  The checks are straightforward and the majority of landlords will be able to conduct checks without having to contact the Home Office.

Where the individual is unable to provide a landlord with relevant documentation, either because they have an outstanding immigration application or appeal or because the Home Office has their documents, landlords can request a check from the Landlord Checking Service which went live on 3 November 2014 using the on line form.

Landlords can also call the dedicated helpline: 0300 069 9799 if they have concerns.

There are simple to follow guidance tool-kits and these too are available here: Landlords: immigration right to rent checks

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For more media information contact Debbie Harrison on 303 4476

Note to Editors

Birmingham is working with the Home Office to publicise these requirements.  Events have been organised in Birmingham and across the region to help inform landlords about these changes.

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