Right to Rent checks are to be rolled out throughout England from 1 February 2016. One particular provision to check the identity of the individual with the person face to face no more than 28 days prior to the commencement of the tenancy is causing concern for some agents who agree tenancies well in advance of the intended start date. It will also catch those who arrange a tenancy from abroad and who simply arrive in this country at the start of the tenancy. They will need to meet the agent (or landlord) face to face for identification purposes.
Landlords will need to check the immigration status of any new tenants moving into properties from next February or face a £3,000 fine, the government has announced. These 'right to rent' rules are set to be introduced for all new tenancy agreements from 1 February 2016 in England. As well as traditional landlords, individuals who sub-let, and homeowners who take in lodgers, must also check the right of prospective tenants to reside in the country.