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Immigration right to rent checks

18 December 2014

In line with recent changes to the Immigration Rules, from 1 December 2014, landlords, homeowners and letting agents are also required to carry out the necessary right to rent checks to ensure that tenants, who are migrants, have the right to remain in the UK. This also includes landlords, who take in lodgers or sub-let property.

At present, rent checks only apply to:

- landlords, homeowners and letting agents in Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton;

- all adults aged 18 and over living in the property;

- new tenancy agreements starting on or after 1 December 2014.

To comply with the requirement, the landlords need to check evidence of their prospective tenants’ identity and citizenship, such as current passport and a biometric card. If the tenant were not to be able to provide the required evidence, a landlord would be entitled to report to the Home Office. If someone does not have the right to rent, he/she will be fined up to £3000.00.


Migra & Co is a private immigration company, regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), reference number F200900038. This website is not a government website and as such, we are not linked or affiliated with the UK Visas and Immigration. We offer expert legal advice and flexible tailored solutions to both private and corporate clients to ensure that their immigration needs are met. If you wish to download or prepare a UK visa application form, you can do so free of charge by visiting the Official UKVI website.