From the 1 February 2016, all lettings agents and landlords must perform document checks to establish that a tenant can legally rent a residential property in the UK inline with the Immigration Act 2014.
Confirming the immigration status of prospective tenants and their right to reside in the UK must be completed within 28 days before the start of a new tenancy.
The three steps to make a right to rent check are as follows:
- Obtain a prospective tenant’s original acceptable document that allows them to live in the UK
- Check the document and its validity with the tenant present
- Maintain an audit trail, making a copy of the document and record the date of the check