‘Right to rent’ checks from February 2016

Following on from a pilot trial in the West Midlands the Government has announced that from 1 February 2016 all private landlords in England will have to carry out right to rent checks. This is similar to the existing “right to work” regime for employees and will entail checking that all tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out property.

Failure by landlords to carry out the check can result in a fine of up to £3,000 for each tenant aged 18 or over who is found to be in the UK illegally.

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Helga Breen

Partner - Head of Employment (London)

I am a Partner and head of the Employment team in London.