Check your tenant's right to rent

4. Follow-up checks

You must do a follow-up check to make sure your tenant can still rent property in the UK if there’s a time limit on their permission to stay.

You can get a fine if you don’t do a follow-up check and your tenant’s permission to stay ends.

Do the follow-up check just before the date that’s the later of:

  • the end of your tenant’s permission to stay in the UK
  • 12 months after your previous check

You don’t have to do a follow-up check if there’s no time limit on your tenant’s permission to stay in the UK.

If your tenant fails a follow-up check

You must tell the Home Office if you find out that your tenant can no longer legally rent property in England after doing a follow-up check.

You could be fined or sent to prison for up to 5 years if your tenant fails a follow-up check and you don’t report it to the Home Office.