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 (PDF version)

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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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Details

The code of practice explains:

  • 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
  • how the civil penalty scheme works

Landlords of properties throughout England should 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.

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

Published 3 September 2014
Last updated 25 May 2016 + show all updates
  1. PDF version of the code of practice on illegal immigrants and private rented accommodation added.
  2. Annex A of 'Code of practice on illegal immigrants and private rented accommodation' updated.
  3. Updated to reflect the England-wide roll out of right to rent.
  4. Updated details on page to reflect roll-out of the scheme in England.
  5. Updated draft code of practice.
  6. Added draft code of practice to the page (intended to come into force on 1 February 2016)
  7. Updated right to rent information leaflet
  8. Added new version of leaflet - makes clear that checks apply to landlords who own property in the affected areas, not necessarily landlords who live in those areas.
  9. added link to new online employer checking service form
  10. Added new document
  11. Updated codes of practice
  12. Updated draft codes of practice.
  13. Updated code of practice
  14. added information leaflet
  15. First published.