Record of Immigration Status Checks Carried Out on New Residential Tenant

Right to Rent Checklist for Residential LandlordUpdated


This Right to Rent Checklist for Residential Landlord can be used to assist a landlord in checking a new tenant’s “right to rent”. Since 1 February 2016, all landlords in England must check that a new tenant has the “right to rent”.

The Checklist has been updated to take account of the changes made to the Right to Rent scheme on 2 November 2020. The list of acceptable documents has been revised; there is a new procedure for checking the status of tenants from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore and South Korea; and a new online right to rent check is available.

Unless the landlord is using the new procedure referred to above, or the online check, the landlord must check the tenant’s identity documents, such as a passport, driving licence, birth certificate or immigration document, to verify that the tenant has the right to reside in the UK. The right may be unlimited or time-limited. If the right is time-limited the landlord will need to carry out a further check in 12 months or just before the end of the leave to remain (whichever is later).

Landlords can pass this duty on to a letting agent. If a letting agent is carrying out the right to rent checks, they should use the Right to Rent Checklist for Letting Agent template in our Estate Agency Documents folder (under Residential Lettings).

This checklist includes some brief guidance for landlords and a detailed list of acceptable documents, with instructions on what copies need to be taken and a list of matters that need to be checked for each document. It includes information about the temporary changes to the checking procedure during the Covid-19 pandemic which will end on the 20 June 2021.

This document is in open format. Either enter the requisite details in the highlighted fields or adjust the wording to suit your purposes.

Once you have purchased access to the appropriate document folder click on the “Download Document” button below. You will be asked what you want to do with the file. It is recommended that you save the document to a location of your choice prior to viewing.