The Lettings Industry Council (TLIC) has published a report making practical and workable recommendations based on the expected changes to be introduced in the Renters' Reform Bill.
The Queen’s Speech on 10 May 2022, saw the UK Government announce that it would bring forward legislation to reform the private rented sector in England.
The Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act will create a register upon which all foreign owners of UK property must declare their true beneficial ownership and verify their identity with Companies House. Those who do not declare their beneficial owner will be subject to restrictions on the sale of property and may face up to five years in prison.
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.
The UK Home Office has released an updated Code of Practice on Right to Rent: Civil penalty scheme for landlords and their agents for use from 6 April 2022.
The Home Office is working on changes to Right to Rent checks carried out by agents working in England, in preparation for a digital system that moves away from hard copy documents and promises to reduce room for human error.
Propertymark continues to engage with the Home Office as part of the UK Government’s plans to digitise the immigration system with legislative changes coming into force on 6 April 2022 that will impact how letting agents and landlords in England conduct Right to Rent checks.
The Home Office has invited private sector, digital identity checking service providers to apply for approval to deliver Right to Rent ID checks on those who cannot currently use Home Office online services, including British and Irish citizens.
From 6 April 2022, Biometric Residence Card (BRC), Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) and Frontier Worker Permit (FWP) holders will only be able to evidence their Right to Rent using the Home Office online service.
The UK Government plans to reform the private rented sector (PRS) in England and to help shape and influence the Renters’ Reforms, Propertymark has produced a paper outlining its position.
The Future of Renting features our recommendations to the UK Government and its plans to reform the private rented sector in England. We want to help shape and influence the UK Government’s Renters’ Reforms White Paper which is due to be released in 2022.
The Home Office is researching options for a more secure system of remote checks on UK nationals using digital verification, when current Covid measures end in April 2022.
The Home Office has today announced that Adjusted arrangements allowing Right to Rent checks to be conducted by video call, will continue through to 5 April 2022.
Since 1 February 2016, all landlords or agents of private rental accommodation in England have been required to carry out Right to Rent checks for new tenancy agreements to determine whether occupiers aged 18 and over have the right to live in the UK legally.
Letting agents will need to make either digital checks using the Home Office online checking service or hard copy checks using a newly updated acceptable documents list as from 1 July, the focus of Right to Rent checks in England changes in line with the UK's Points Based Immigration System.
The Home Office has further extended the period in which letting agents and landlords managing properties in England can carry out Right to Rent checks by video call, to the end of August.