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Does Your Tenant Have The Right To Rent?

There is no doubt about it, with new lettings legislation being passed on a regular basis, being a landlord has become much more complicated.

Worries about finding a tenant and being paid your rent on time are yesterdays news with immigration now taking an interest in just who is letting your property. 

So what is the Right to Rent Scheme and what does it mean to you?

Right to Rent scheme to roll out across England from 1 February 2016

The Home Office has announced that from 1 February 2016, the Right to Rent scheme will be extended across England. This means all private landlords in England will have to check new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out their property. 

The scheme is being extended following an evaluation of the first phase in the West Midlands and has received the continued input of a panel of industry experts, housing and homeless charities and local authorities.  

Right to Rent is one part of the government’s ongoing reforms to the immigration system to make it harder for illegal migrants to live in the UK.

What this means for the private rental sector

As of 1 February 2016, anyone who rents out private property in England will need to see and make a copy of evidence that any new adult tenant has the right to rent in the UK (for example a passport or a biometric residence permit). 

The process is simple and many organisations in the private rental sector already check the immigration status of tenant. In most cases, checks can be carried out without contacting the Home Office. However, if a tenant has an outstanding immigration application or appeal with the Home Office, landlords need to request a check.  A yes or no will be provided within two working days.

Landlords who don't make the checks could be fined up to £3,000 per tenant if they are found to be renting out a property to someone who's in the UK illegally.

The Government is also intending to make it easier for landlords to evict illegal migrants as part of the upcoming Immigration Bill.

(Information from the Home Office)

Helen Hollingsworth Bramleys partner and head of residential lettings said 

"As a company we are ARLA registered, we currently manage over 800 properties and pride ourselves on our slick operation with timely rent payments, quality tenants, and professional management.

"With ever more onus on landlords with the "right to rent" scheme coming in to force soon, a highly experienced letting agent guarantees you peace of mind & guidance through every step.

Personally we feel it is a false economy to compromise on this, bearing in mind the nightmare scenarios you could then expose yourself too. Time and time again we pick up the pieces for poor management, erratic cashflow, and other problems synomonous with some letting agents". 

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