Right to Rent to be rolled out across England from February 1st 2016
The Home Office has announced that the Right to Rent scheme will be extended to all of England from 1st February 2016. From this date, all private landlords and letting agents will have to check that new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out a property. Those renting out a property will need to see and make a copy of evidence that the renter has a right to rent in the UK, e.g. a passport or biometric residence permit. In cases where the prospective tenant has an outstanding immigration application or appeal with the Home Office, the landlord or agent can request a Home Office Right to Rent check. Landlords or agents who do not abide by the requirement could face a fine of up to £3,000 per tenant if they are found to be renting out a property to someone whose status in the UK is illegal.
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