Virtual Right to Rent checks extended

The Home Office has extended the period in which letting agents in England can carry out Right to Rent checks by video call by a further month to 20 June 2021.

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.

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