What are my Right to Rent responsibilities?

Landlords guide to right to rent document

A study undertaken by Rightmove asked 3500 landlords whether they knew their obligations under the Right-to-Rent legislation, and a surprising 35% had basic knowledge but 43% claimed to have none at all. These statistics are important because as of 1st December 2016 landlords and their agents can now be criminally prosecuted for not adhering to the Right to Rent legislation.  Here at Parks we ensure these checks are carried out on all tenancies.

To find out more visit our regulatory body, ARLA Property Mark

What documentation is checked on your behalf:

  • Before a tenancy commences all prospective adult tenants must provide document(s) proving their right to be in the UK. The originals of these documents must be checked, made copies of, and dated on the day of certification.
  • If the tenant is on a temporary visa, a check must be made that their right to be in the UK will continue throughout the term of the tenancy. A follow up check must be made when the right to be in the UK has expired, or after 12 months after tenancy, whichever is latest is suitable.
  • If a discovery is made during a follow up check that a tenant’s right to be in the UK has expired, then an official report to the Home Office must be made.
  • The copies of the certified Right to Rent documentation must be kept secure and on file during the tenancy term.
By Miles Kimberley | 29 January 2018

As new landlords last year, my husband and I were recommended to Parks through the sole estate agent we use. We have had nothing but a positive experience in that time. Antony the Letting Director has always been on hand to investigate, inform and advise. He has happily come along to view properties we were interested in and pass opinion accordingly. None of our requests have been dismissed and nothing has been too much trouble. Communication is efficient and legal and procedural knowledge and policy has been tip-top. The lettings management team has always been quick to respond and as a result, our tenants seem happy too, which is also important.

Mrs Constantinou, Landlord, 2018

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