You can be fined if you rent your property to someone who isn’t allowed to stay in the UK and you can’t show that you checked their right to rent.

If you’re under suspicion

You might get a ‘referral notice’ to let you know your case is being investigated and that you could get a fine (‘civil penalty’).

You’ll be sent an ‘information request’ to allow you to provide evidence that you’ve carried out the check.

After your case has been considered, you’ll be sent either:

  • a ‘no action’ notice
  • a civil penalty notice with the amount you have to pay

Fines (civil penalties)

The amount you have to pay will depend on the type of accommodation and if you’ve received a civil penalty before.

Type of accommodation Amount for a first time penalty Amounts for further penalties
Lodgers in a private household £80 £500
Tenants in rented accommodation £1,000 £3,000

Details of how to pay are on your civil penalty notice.

You can save 30% if you pay your civil penalty within 21 days.

Objecting to a civil penalty

You can object to a penalty within 28 days of the ‘given’ date on the civil penalty notice.

You can object if:

  • you aren’t liable to pay the penalty, eg you’re not the landlord
  • you’ve made a correct check on the tenant or made a report to the Home Office after a repeat check (where a tenant no longer has a right to rent)
  • the penalty wasn’t calculated correctly

You’ll be sent an ‘objection outcome notice’ within 28 days that will say if you have to pay the penalty or not.

Appeals

You must appeal against the penalty within 28 days of the date on the objection outcome notice.

You can appeal for the same reasons that you made your objection.

You might have to pay the Home Office’s legal costs if you lose your appeal.

Send form N161 to your nearest county court with the correct fee to appeal.

You must also send a copy of your completed form to the Government Legal Department.

Government Legal Department
1 Kemble Street
London
WC2B 4TS