Check if someone can rent your residential property

You must check anyone aged 18 or over who pays to use your property as their main home, for example, tenants, sub-tenants and paying house guests.

You might get a fine if you rent your property to someone who doesn’t have the right to rent.

If you’ve bought a property that already has tenants, you need proof that their last landlord did the check. You’ll still be responsible for carrying out further checks on your tenants in future.

You can either:

  • check your tenant’s original documents
  • view your tenant’s right to rent online if they have a ‘share code’

Because of coronavirus (COVID-19) there are temporary changes to the way you can check documents. Read guidance about the adjusted process, including asking for documents digitally, making checks on a video call, and what to do if someone cannot provide any accepted documents.

How to check original documents

Check the full list of documents your tenant can show you as proof.

Check the steps you need to take when checking original documents.

How to check with a share code

You can view a tenant’s right to rent in England with a share code if your tenant:

  • has a valid biometric residence card or permit
  • has settled or pre-settled status
  • applied for a visa and used the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app to scan their identity document on their phone

Ask your tenant to give you their share code.

If your tenant can prove their right to rent using an accepted, original document, you cannot insist they use the online service instead.