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Right to rent guide

Posted on Tuesday, 2 February, 2016

As of the 1st of February Landlords of properties throughout England must check that someone has the right to rent before letting them a property.

Before the start of a new tenancy, Landlords must make checks for tenants aged 18 and over even if, they’re not named on the tenancy agreement, there’s no tenancy agreement and if the tenancy agreement isn’t in writing

If the tenant is only allowed to stay in the UK for a limited time, Landlords will need to do the check in the 28 days before the start of the tenancy.

Landlords won’t need to check tenants in some types of accommodation (eg social housing and care homes).

Landlords can be fined up to £3,000 for renting their property to someone who isn’t allowed to rent property in England.

More information can be found on the Government’s website;

https://www.gov.uk/check-tenant-right-to-rent-documents

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