Right to rent checks: Landlords will be required to check immigration status from December 2014

From December 2014, landlords renting out properties will begin to be required to carry out ‘right to rent’ checks on prospective tenants. This system will be trialled in the Midlands ahead of national implementation.

The Minister for Security and Immigration confirmed in his statement that the areas that will be affected from 1 December are:

  • Birmingham
  • Walsall
  • Sandwell
  • Dudley
  • Wolverhampton

This means that if you are looking to rent in these areas, your prospective landlord will be required to carry out checks in order to determine whether you have the right to live in the UK legally.

If you are renting property in these areas you will need to provide:

  • Your passport, OR
  • Your biometric residence permit

This check is relatively straightforward and will usually not involve the Home Office. In most cases your landlord will simply need to check your passport or biometric residents permit in order to establish that you are a legal UK resident.

If you do not have these documents readily available, due to an ongoing Home Office application, then landlords can request a check using the online form. The checking service will provide a yes or no answer within two working days to confirm whether your tenancy agreement can proceed.

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