Under The Immigration Act 2014, landlords of private residential property are now obliged to carry out checks to establish that new tenants have the right to rent in the UK. This only applies to new tenancy agreements.
The obligation is to check that a prospective tenant, and all other adults aged over 18, who will be living at the property have certain documents, such as a passport or a biometric residence permit.
Landlords will need to photocopy these documents to demonstrate that a check has been carried out, in complex cases the Home Office will provide a checking service.
It is anticipated that this requirement will come into force in the next month or so.
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