Landlords: Right to rent checks

January 15th 2016
By: Melanie Hollidge

A new law which has been passed by the Government which means that landlords will need to make sure that their tenants have the right to rent property in the UK as from 1st February 2016. Landlords who rent out properties to people who don’t have the right to rent in the UK could face fines of up to £3,000.
All of the guidelines surrounding the ‘right to rent’ procedure are available on the Government’s website @
These new laws have been introduced to stop people living in the UK who no longer have the right to stay. You can also ask your estate agent or property management company such as Goodfellows to do the checks for you but you need to make sure that you have this agreement in writing.
Immigration minister James Brokenshire said: “Landlords with property in England need to prepare now for the new Right to Rent scheme to ensure they are ready for 1 February. Ahead of the scheme’s roll out, we have been working closely with an expert panel to make sure their feedback is taken on board and to design a scheme that is as simple and light touch as possible. Many responsible landlords have already been undertaking similar checks - these are straightforward and do not require any specialist knowledge. Right to Rent is part of the Government’s wider reforms to the immigration system to make it stronger, fairer and more effective. Those with a legitimate right to be here will be able to prove this easily and will not be adversely affected. The scheme is about deterring those without the right to live, work or study in the UK from staying here indefinitely.” 
Right to Rent checks can be done from 28 days before the start of a tenancy agreement. If you have any queries about these changes then why not pop into your local branch of Goodfellows or give our team a call on 0845 372 7070.
Source: Landlord Today