In April, the UK Government declared that Adjusted Checks carried out with applicants submitting scanned or photographed documents, would end on 16 May 2021. This date has now been pushed back, aligning it with other measures to ease restrictions in England. This revision allows an extra month of virtual checks.
As announced last month, the Home Office has dropped plans for all adjusted checks carried out since 20 March 2020, to be repeated with full in-person checks within eight weeks of temporary arrangements ending. Propertymark continues to maintain communication with the Home Office in order to give feedback from letting agents about the practical application of Right to Rent checks.
From 21 June 2021, all agents will need to revert to in-person Right to Rent Checks in accord with the Code of Practice. The only exception to this will be applicants with a Home Office status who offer a digital share code.
New agent and landlord offences contained within the Immigration Act 2016 came into effect in England on 1 December 2016. The aim of the Act is to tackle illegal immigration by making it harder to live and work illegally in the UK.
Under Section 22 of the Immigration Act 2014, a landlord must not authorise an adult to occupy property as their only or main home under a residential tenancy agreement unless the adult is a British citizen, or European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss national, or has a Right to Rent in the UK.
We have worked with the Home Office and UK Border Agency to answer the questions that are widely asked by landlords and letting agents regarding Right to Rent.