Coming into force on 22 January 2024 to coincide with higher maximum fines for non-compliance under the Immigration Act 2014 (Residential Accommodation) (Maximum Penalty) Order 2023, the revised code of practice is the sixth update and will replace the previous version from March 2022.
Due to take effect at the start of 2024, the higher fines represent what the Home Office describes as the biggest shake up of civil penalties since the checks were first introduced and will include charges of up to £20,000 for repeat breaches.
A report on the impact of phase two of the Right to Rent scheme has been published, which assessed that it leads to unlawful discrimination on the basis of ethnicity or nationality.
Lettings agencies are facing significant cost increases to remain compliant with Right to Rent checks, as the system allowing Adjusted checks (using Zoom calls and copies of documents for example), ends in England on 30 September 2022.
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 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.