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.
The Home Office has released a draft revised Right to Rent Code of Practice in readiness for changes to checks in England. In broad terms, from 1 July agents will move from checking nationality to checking the UK immigration status of all adult applicants.
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.
The Home Office has announced that it will no longer require letting agents in England to carry out retrospective Right to Rent checks on tenants who had a COVID-19 adjusted check between 30 March 2020 and 16 May 2021.
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.
Propertymark has written to the Home Office to warn that agents will not be able to comply with current expectations to repeat Right to Rent checks completed during the lockdown period, when COVID restrictions are lifted.
New regulations being implemented on 25 November 2020 will allow non-UK nationals in England to evidence their status for Right to Rent through a digital Home Office check and reduce letting agent workloads.
The verdict on the Appeal against the ruling in the Judicial Review brought by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and the Residential Landlords Association was published today, 21 April, rejecting claims that the scheme is solely responsible for discrimination in selecting potential tenants for private sector rented property.
After Propertymark’s campaign to #KeepTheRentFlowing, which included lobbying Government to suspend or amend Right to Rent checks during the COVID-19 breakout, last night, changes were made to ensure checks can continue.
The UK Government has announced that from 1 January 2021, free movement will end, and they will introduce the UK’s Points-Based System but they are still no closer to confirming plans for the future of Right to Rent checks after Britain leaves the EU.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has today (6 February 2020) announced that there have been more than 3 million applications to the EU Settlement Scheme less than a year after it was launched.
Guidance on conducting right to rent checks on nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA who have entered the UK through eGates as visitors has been updated.
As we get closer to 31 October, the date when the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, letting agents need to know what compliance with Right to Rent checks on EU, EEA and Swiss nationals will look like.
ARLA Propertymark has met with the Home Office about Right to Rent in the context of three areas of concern.