This Guide or Code of Practice document provides guidance for landlords affected by the introduction of immigration checks – the Right to Rent checks.
The requirement to do immigration right-to-rent checks will affect some landlords taking in new tenants in the midlands area from 1 December, but the scheme is not scheduled to roll out nationally until April 2015. The checks will include landlords who take in new tenants and lodgers or sub-let property after the start dates.
In most cases it will be possible to carry out the checks without contacting the Home Office. All you need to do is check evidence of a person’s identity and citizenship, for example a passport or biometric residence permit.
The guide or code of practice explains:
– if your property is affected
– if any exemptions apply
– how to carry out a right to rent check
– what documents individuals can show you as evidence of their right to rent
– when and how to request a right to rent check from the Home Office
Use the right to rent tool to find out how to carry out a check
The right to rent checks only apply from 1 December to:
– landlords in Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton
– all adults aged 18 and over living at the property
– new tenancy agreements starting on or after 1 December 2014
If you let a property in these areas after this date to someone who doesn’t have the right to rent, you could be fined up to £3,000.
You can also find out more about how to rent and private renting, or register to receive information on right to rent checks from the Home Office.
If you need more help, call the landlords helpline: 0300 069 9799
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