Warning to private Landlords – new “right to rent checks” introduced

17 February 2016

From the 1st February 2016, private landlords in England will need to ascertain whether prospective tenants or other authorised occupiers have the right to be in the UK when granting a tenancy. The procedure is known as "right to rent checks".

The Immigration Act 2014 prohibits private landlords of residential property from allowing certain people to occupy those properties. The prohibition is based on the immigration status of the occupiers.

If landlords and agents fail to comply, they may be fined up to £3,000.

This is not legal advice; it is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues. At Gepp & Sons Solicitors we can advise on all aspects of landlord and tenant law. For more information and guidance, please contact Michael Callaghan us on 01245 493939.