Landlords: immigration right to rent checks

A collection of guidance to help landlords, homeowners and letting agents carry out correct right to rent checks and avoid civil penalties.

Check how the Home Office can help you if a prospective tenant is a Commonwealth citizen (known as ‘Windrush’ cases) who has the legal right to live in the UK but does not have the documents to prove it.

This collection provides information to make sure landlords, homeowners and letting agents carry out the necessary right to rent checks. It includes guidance on acceptable documents.

Landlords of properties throughout England must check that someone has the right to rent before letting them a property.

Read an overview of right to rent checks and the civil penalties landlords can face for illegal renting.

If you’re a tenant, find out how right to rent affects you in our guide to private renting.


Published 21 October 2014
Last updated 2 August 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated "a short guide on right to rent" to include right to rent checks for nationals from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and the United States who are visiting the UK for up to 6 months.

  2. Added information on right to rent checks for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens now and after Brexit.

  3. Added a link to new guidance for landlords on right to rent checks on undocumented Commonwealth citizens.

  4. 'How to make a right to rent check: video' added to collection.

  5. Updated page text to reflect England-wide roll out of right to rent on 1 February 2016.

  6. New Right to rent document checks: a user guide.

  7. Updated guidance.

  8. New 3 step guide on how to make a right to rent check, December 2015.

  9. This guidance applies across England from 1 February 2016.

  10. added link to 'Return home voluntarily if you're in the UK unlawfully'

  11. First published.