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RIGHT TO RENT FOR ALL PROPERTIES IS NOW A LEGAL REQUIREMENT SINCE FEB 1ST 2016

RIGHT TO RENT FOR ALL PROPERTIES IS NOW A LEGAL REQUIREMENT SINCE FEB 1ST 2016

Monday 1st February 2016

Landlords can be fined up to £3,000 for renting property to somebody who isn't allowed to rent in England. The Right to Rent rules require all private landlords to check the immigration status of prospective tenants before contracts are signed, to make sure they have the right to rent.

It's not just those named on the tenancy agreement that need to be investigated. Everyone aged 18 and over who will be living in a property must be checked, regardless of nationality, and checks are only valid if carried out within the 28 days before a tenancy agreement starts. Landlords now have to see and make a copy of every tenant's passport or residence permit, with a fine imposed per tenant if necessary. Introduced in the Immigration Act 2014, the new rules are intended to prevent rogue landlords exploiting immigrants and should be introduced to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland at a later date

CGT Lettings have introduced a verify system to ensure all tenants comply with this legislation, thereby protecting Landlords from this latest legislation

For government advice you can check the full details on the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/check-tenant-right-to-rent-documents