It is now necessary following the government’s decision earlier this year, to make it compulsory for all private landlords in England to check that new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out their property.
Under the new rules, introduced on 1 February as part of the Immigration Act 2014, landlords who fail to check a potential tenant’s ‘Right to Rent’ will face penalties of up to £3,000 per tenant.
The new law will mean that private landlords, including those who sub-let or take in lodgers, must check the right of prospective tenants to be in the country to avoid being hit with a penalty. They also have to ensure that the visa covers the duration of the tenancy agreement.
Visas to enter and remain in the UK are numerous and complicated. Specialist help is advisable to ensure that landlords do not make a costly mistake