In April this year the government announced that the temporary adjustments
relating to right to rent checks in England would end on the 16 May 2021.
Please find the April information here
The government made a further announcement on the 12 May 2021 that the
temporary adjustments will now end on the 20 June 2021 to align with the easing of lockdown
restrictions and social distancing measures, as set out in the government’s
roadmap for England.
Until the 20 June 2021 the adjusted right to rent checks can be used. From
the 21 June 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
you 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 20 June 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.
You will maintain a defence against a civil penalty if the check you have
undertaken during the 30 March 2020 and 20 June 2021 was done in the
prescribed standard manner or as set out in the Covid-19 adjusted checks
The Right to Rent Checklists for Landlords and Agents have been updated to
take account of the extension announced regarding the use of temporary
arrangements to the right to rent scheme.
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