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In line with the Immigration Act 2014, from 1st February 2016 all landlords and letting agents in England who allow a tenancy are required to make ID and Right to Rent checks on all adult occupiers. The scheme is compulsory and makes it mandatory for anyone who rents out private property in England to see and make a copy of evidence that any new adult tenant has the right to rent in the UK, be this continuous or time limited. Landlords or agents who fail to do these checks correctly could be liable for a fine of up to £3,000 per occupier.
Under Section 22 of the Immigration Act 2014, a landlord must not authorise an adult to occupy property as their main or only home under a residential tenancy agreement unless the adult is a British Citizen, Swiss national, from a European Economic Area or has other proof of a continued right to rent in the UK. Landlords should carry out ‘right to rent’ checks for new tenancy agreements to determine whether tenants have the right to live in the UK legally. An applicant may have a time-limited right to rent if they are from outside of the UK or EEA and this can be proved using the correct documentary evidence:
We have closed our Chester office in line with the Government’s advice with immediate effect (24/03/2020). We are doing everything possible to keep our business fully operational for you. Members of our team are able to work from home and we are able to maintain our operating platform and business systems for you.
It might take us a little longer than usual to respond to calls and emails, however we will not stop at anything to find a way to help and support your business. We are with you every step of the way at this incredibly difficult time for everyone.
Please look after yourselves and your families. We will get through this together and we will be stronger on the other side.
Stay healthy, stay strong and stay positive. The one thing that should never shock us is the amazing spirit and resilience of people.