A statement released by the Home Office, UK Visas and Immigration has confirmed that the next stage of the Right to Rent Immigration checks will be implemented across England as of 1st February 2016.

The new legislation will require every private landlord to carry out checks on all new tenants to ensure that they have a necessary documentation to confirm their right to rent a property in England.

Landlords who fail to undertake the required checks could face fines of up to £3000 per tenant and includes those who take in lodgers or sub-let.

James Brokenshire, MP at the Home Office said “Right to rent checks are quick and simple, and many responsible landlords already do them as a matter of routine. We are providing landlords in England with all the advice and support they need before the checks go live on 1 February 2016.” adding “The new rules are part of the Immigration Act 2014 which introduced measures to reform the immigration system. Right to rent is about deterring those who are illegally resident from remaining in the UK. Those with a legitimate right to be here will be able to prove this easily and will not be adversely affected.”

The implementation and assessment of the initial phase, introduced in the West Midlands in December 2014, was subject to a six month assessment by a landlords consultative panel.  Using a range of research methods the evaluation concluded that there were no major differences when accessing accommodation in the phase one area to a comparative area. 

James Brokenshire, MP said “Under right to rent, landlords should check identity documents for all new tenants and take copies. The scheme has been designed to make it straightforward for people to give evidence of their right to rent and a range of commonly available documents can be used.”

Landlords who are concerned about issues such as potential unlawful discrimination should refer to the government’s code of practice for landlords ( https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/right-to-rent-landlords-code-of-practice )

From 1st February 2016 landlords could simply including the new right to rent checks as part of the tenant referencing process.  Why not check out our information on tenant referencing, agreements, inventories and deposit in our Tips and Guides for Landlords section.  Click4quote.com can provide landlord insurance with optional legal expenses, rent recovery and rent guarantee so why not get a quote online today.