Right to rent?

The government has announced that from 1 February 2016, all private landlords in England (including those who sub-let or take in lodgers) will have to check that new tenants of residential property have the right to be in the UK before renting out their property to them i.e. that they have the ‘Right to Rent’. Landlords that fail to comply with this new obligation will be at risk of a civil penalty of up to £3,000 per tenant.  Estate agents may also be liable to the civil penalty if the landlord has appointed them to undertake the right to rent checks.