From the 1st February 2016, all Landlords must not allow any adult to occupy a property as their only or main home by creating a tenancy agreement unless they have the 'right to rent' in the UK. This is defined as someone who is the following:
- a British citizen
- a European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss national
- has a Right to Rent in the UK e.g has a valid visa which expires after the proposed tenancy end date.
This responsibily falls on all landlords who are renting privately, have a lodger, sub letting a property, or are an agent appointed by the landlord. These checks must be carried out prior to signing any proposed tenancy.
For our clients, landlords who choose to use our 'Let Only' or 'Fully Managed' service, will automatically have these checks carried out and appropriate measures put in place to ensure they have complied with the new laws. We'll check and verify passports from for all tenants and retain a copy on file for your records.