What are my Right to Rent responsibilities?
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.
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.