Right to Rent legislation, what it really means for landlords?
As of the 1st February 2016, all private landlords in England, including those subletting or taking in lodgers, will have to check new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out their property. Landlords who don’t make the checks could face a civil penalty of up to £3,000 per tenant if they are found to be renting out a property to someone who is in the UK illegally.
What does the mean in real terms for landlords?
The new rules set out by Right to Rent means that anyone who rents out their private property in England will need see and make a copy of evidence that any new adult tenant has the right to rent a property. This means asking a tenant to show you their passport, visa, national identity card(if you are a EU citizen) or biometric residence permit which proves their immigration status to reside in the UK. A word of warning in that driving licenses presented on their own are not sufficient for this purpose and need to be accompanied by another government issued document.
Right to Rent legislation will add an additional requirement onto landlords to comply with. PAD4U can take the issue away as they can ensure that landlords are covered by carrying out the checks for them prior to the start of a tenancy and keeping the information recorded.
If you would like to talk about change in legislation or letting your property out please feel free to call us.