The start of 2016, means plenty of changes in terms of legislations for landlords and investors, starting from February 1st with the Right to Rent legislation.
Under the new legislations. landlords and agents must check the immigration status of any adult who wishes to move in to a new property to ensure they have a right to rent in the UK.
Landlords in England must carry out the checks in the 28 days leading up to the start of the new tenancy, bearing in mind it is likely to take time for necessary documents to be produced, verified and copied.
If any landlord is found to be renting to people with no legal right to live in the UK, they could be fined up to £3,000 per illegal occupier.
Checks need to be made using original documents and in the presence of the person who owns the documents, or with them available via video link.
Alternatively, pass the responsibility onto your letting agent who will be happy to help. Contact us for more information by giving the office a call on 01924 477999.
Right to Rent is simply the beginning of the new legislations the government are planning to put into place aimed at landlords and investors. Further information on Right to Rent, including details of which documents are acceptable as proof of identification, can be found here.