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.


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

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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.