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