Landlords are you ready for Right to Rent ?
The Property Ombudsman has warned letting agents not to forget their responsibilities under the Right To Rent immigration checks that become mandatory across England from February 1.
Christopher Hamer, who retires from the post of TPO next month, says in legal terms the Right To Rent legislation, contained within the 2015 Immigration Bill, states that the legal responsibility of checking a tenant’s documents lies with the landlord as the person who gives permission for letting out their property in return for rent.
But Hamer warns that agents have this liability transferred to them if there is a written agreement that they will do the Right To Rent checks on behalf of their client.
“Agents need to be very precise with the landlord from the outset as to what responsibilities they are taking on in regard to Right To Rent” he says.
“If the landlord wants the agent to undertake the necessary legal checks, then there must be clear and unambiguous documentation between the parties stating who has taken responsibility, and agents must diligently exercise their duties.”
Under Right to Rent, landlords or agents should check identity documents for all new tenants and take copies. This includes checking a UK passport, a European Economic Area passport or identity card, a permanent residence card or travel document showing indefinite leave to remain, a Home Office immigration status document or a certificate of registration or naturalisation as a British citizen.
If you are concerned about the issues highlighted in this article why not consider letting your property on Central Housing Group’s ‘Guaranteed Rent’ Scheme. Our landlords are paid an agreed monthly Guaranteed Rent for the duration of the term of their contract regardless of their tenants’ immigration status or employment circumstances and regardless of whether their property is occupied or not.
Landlords – if you are worried about these ‘Right to Rent’ immigration checks why not consider our ‘Guaranteed Rent’ Scheme because, when you let your property on our scheme, you will not be required to carry out immigration checks on your tenants, or liable to legal prosecution for failing to carry out adequate immigration checks on your tenants.
Consequently our landlords have complete peace of mind knowing they will not be impacted at all by any of the responsibilities or risks highlighted in this article.
If you are interested in finding our more about our ‘Guaranteed Rent’ Scheme, currently operating in north, east & west London, please call us today on 020 8447 1222.