LANDLORD ESSENTIALS: RIGHT TO RENT CHECKS

As part of my upcoming podcast, The Legal Stuff, I wanted to share some basic information that all Landlords should already know but just in case – it doesn’t hurt to refresh. 

Right to Rent Checks. These are so important when you’re renting out a property because this check will confirm that the tenant that is renting the property from you, has the right to reside in the UK. 

You need to carry out a Right to Rent Check on each occupant of your property over the age of 18. Even if they are a family and one or two of the occupants are the offspring of the two main tenants, they need to be checked. 

It’s so serious, you’re dealing with immigration here. 

These checks need to be done every year. Without fail, they will need to be renewed and you need to double check what they’re fixed period of stay is. 

Now it can get quite messy for landlords and I’ll explain why; say you move a tenant into the property, do the Right to Rent checks, everything’s all good and you leave them to it. This is typically the case with DIY landlords – they will leave their tenants to it and as long as the rent is paid on time, no harm done right?

Wrong. 

And this is where inspections and communication are so important; two years down the line, you find out that the property has actually been sublet by the legal tenant. They’ve been paying you so you don’t realise the issue because you haven’t seen them since they signed on the dotted line and now you have someone living in your property illegally. 

Now say that the sub-let tenant is not originally from the UK – you have not done the Right to Rent checks on them and therefore you are liable. 

If you’re with an agency, this is unlikely to be an issue as routine inspections are done and it’s a lot more hands on than DIY Landlords typically have time for. 

You need to get this right. You need to get the right identification and proof of their right to reside in the UK and you need to make sure that your tenant also signs to confirm that the Right to Rent checks have been done. 

I know this is a big one, and quite scary. So if you need any help or advice on this at all – please just get in touch. 

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