Guidance

Right to rent immigration checks: landlords' code of practice

Guidance for landlords, homeowners and letting agents affected by the introduction of right to rent immigration checks.

Documents

Code of practice on illegal immigrants and private rented accommodation

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Code of practice for landlords: avoiding unlawful discrimination when conducting ‘right to rent’ checks in the private rented residential sector

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Right to rent information leaflet

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Detail

These documents provide guidance for landlords, homeowners and letting agents affected by the introduction of right to rent immigration checks.

The codes of practice explain:

  • if your property is affected
  • if any exemptions apply
  • how to carry out a right to rent check
  • what documents individuals can show you as evidence of their right to rent
  • when and how to request a right to rent check from the Home Office
  • how to avoid unlawful discrimination when conducting immigration right to rent checks

Use the right to rent tool to find out how to carry out a check

Affected landlords, homeowners and letting agents

From 1 December 2014, some landlords will need to check that someone has the right to live in the UK before letting a property to them. This includes landlords who take in lodgers or sub-let property.

In most cases you’ll be able to carry out the checks without contacting the Home Office. All you need to do is check evidence of a person’s identity and citizenship, for example a passport or biometric residence permit.

The right to rent checks only apply to:

  • landlords, homeowners and letting agents in Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton
  • all adults aged 18 and over living at the property
  • new tenancy agreements starting on or after 1 December 2014

If you let a property after this date to someone who doesn’t have the right to rent, you could be fined up to £3,000.

You can also find out more about how to rent and private renting, or register to receive information on right to rent checks from the Home Office.

If you need more help, call the landlords helpline: 0300 069 9799