Digital changes to right to rent

February 18th 2022
By: Frost's
Digital changes to right to rent

Digital changes to right to rent

The UK Government’s legislative changes to digitise the immigration system come into force on 6 April 2022, which will impact how letting agents and landlords in England conduct Right to Rent checks.

The checks require landlords and lettings agents operating in England to determine the immigration status of all prospective adult tenants by checking ID before the start of a tenancy.

From April 6 landlords and letting agents will need to use the Right to Rent Online Checking Service for Biometric Residence Card / Permit holders.  A Biometric Residence Permit is proof of the holder’s right to stay, work or study in the UK.

In addition, from April 6 landlords and letting agents will be able to use certified Identification Document Validation Technology service providers to conduct digital checks on behalf of British and Irish citizens who hold a valid passport - including an Irish passport.

Letting agents and landlords can use the Right to Rent Online Checking Service on Gov.UK to view the immigration status of existing and prospective tenants. There is no need to check physical documents when using the online checking service, as information about an individual’s Right to Rent is provided in real-time directly from Home Office systems. 

If you have any questions regarding how this change could impact you or a general lettings enquiry then please do not hesitate to contact us:

Phone: 01727 861199 or Email: property.management@frosts.co.uk