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7 Apr 2019

Right to Rent is still imperative for landlords in 2019

Author: Bogdan Tiganov

Recent news has brought to light controversies around the Right to Rent scheme.

Landlords may well be concerned to hear that Judge Justice Spencer ruled that Right to Rent breaches human rights laws. New research from the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) also shows that 44 percent of private landlords are less likely to rent to people without a British passport.

Essentially, Right to Rent requires landlords to check tenants’ legality in the UK. Since 2016, it’s been mandatory for landlords to obtain the relevant right to live in the UK documents, check them and make a copy of said documents to keep on file.


What does this mean for landlords in 2019?

In 2019, landlords will still be required to continue with their Right to Rent checks – if not, they may be faced with imprisonment of up to five years or a fine of up to £3,000.

“Do landlords and agents no longer have to do checks? The short answer is that nothing changes for the moment,” said David Smith, a partner at property lawyers Anthony Gold.

As a Romans ‘managed’ or ‘rent collect’ landlord you can enjoy real peace of mind knowing that we’ll handle Right to Rent for you.


Further info

Please check the Right to Rent Document Checks user guide for in-depth Right to Rent requirements.

If you’d like to learn more about Right to Rent, or our award-winning Property Management services, speak to one of your local Romans property experts today, by calling 01344 753 140.

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