The Immigration Act 2014 introduced the concept of ‘right to rent’ to the private rented sector. Originally introduced in the West Midlands, right to rent requires landlords and agents check the immigration status of their prospective tenants at the outset of the tenancy. Under the previous coalition government, this introduction to the West Midlands was intended as a pilot scheme. National rollout was only expected to take place after consultation and impact studies had been completed. Sadly, this is no longer the case however and the requirements will come into force on February 1st 2016 for all landlords in England.
This guide will help prepare landlords for the current requirements of this scheme. Please be aware that there are a number of amendments to the Immigration Act currently under consideration and significant changes are expected before the national rollout.