The temporary adjustments relating to right to rent checks in England
are to end on the 16 May 2021.
Last year the Government introduced temporary adjustments to make it easier
for landlords and agents in England to carry out right to rent checks
during the Covid-19 pandemic, further details available
. These adjusted checks can be used up until the 16 May 2021.
Following the Government’s roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions; from the
17 May 2021, landlords or agents must either:
1. Check the applicant’s original documents; or
2. Check the applicant’s right to rent online (if the applicant has given
their share code).
Landlords and agents will no longer be required to carry out a
retrospective check on those tenants who had a Covid-19 adjusted check
between 30 March and 16 May 2021 (inclusive) as was suggested in
previous Government guidance. The Government guidance has been updated
and a link to the guidance can be found
Landlords and agents must continue to carry out checks. It is an offence to
knowingly rent to a person who does not have the right to rent in the UK.
The landlord or agent will maintain a defence against a civil penalty if
the check they have undertaken during 30 March 2020 and 16 May 2021
(inclusive) was done in the prescribed standard manner or as set out in the
Covid-19 adjusted checks guidance.
The Right to Rent Checklists for Landlords and Agents have been updated to
take account of the end of the temporary arrangements to the right to rent
The contents of this Newsletter are for reference purposes only and do not constitute
legal advice. Independent legal advice should be sought in relation to any specific