West Midlands to be first landlord ‘right to rent’ check area

New legislation which will see landlords face fines if they rent homes to illegal immigrants without checking their ‘right to rent’.

The new law will mean private landlords will have to check the right of prospective tenants to be in the country if they want to avoid potentially being fined up to £3,000.

Landlords will need to see evidence of a person’s identity and citizenship, for example a passport or biometric residence permit. In most cases landlords will be able carry out these simple checks without the need to contact the Home Office.

Copies of the documentation will need to be taken as evidence the checks have been carried out and retained for one year after the tenancy ends. Children under 18 will not need to be checked.

Following an evaluation of the implementation in the West Midlands next spring, the Home Office expects to continue with the phased introduction of checks across the UK next year.