Right to Rent Checks
For full information on what these checks are please see the Shelter page
What are they?
For a full list of accepted documents please see here.
- If you have a time limited right to remain in the UK, the Right to Rent check should be done not more than 28 days before the residential tenancy agreement comes into effect and the landlord will need to conduct follow-up checks.
- Are you going to be charged for the Right to Rent check, if so how much and what will it cover – initial check only or all the required checks?
- Exactly what process is the agent or landlord going to follow?
- It is illegal for a landlord/agent to discriminate against a tenant on the basis of their nationality.
- You cannot be evicted because your right to rent has expired, to evict you the landlord must follow the usual process and obtain the relevant court orders; otherwise it may be an illegal eviction.
The law requires that the landlord/agent compares the documents in person or by live video link, and that the copies are kept for 12 months after the end of the tenancy, questions you should ask yourself:
If you have any concerns over the integrity of the agent or landlord
- DO NOT RENT A PROPERTY through them
- DO NOT GIVE THEM your Identity documents
If you have any questions get advice and know your rights contact the SU