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Immigration Act and Right to Rent (England)

Right to Rent Checks

18 Nov 2016 | 1 comment

Good morning. How do we do the online checks for the right to rent? We take a copy of the ID from the tenant but should we be doing something further to check their IDs??



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  1. guildy

    There should be no need to do a right to rent check online. The requirement is to check the ID “in person” and retain a copy.

    For full right to rent guidance, please see here.

    Basically, in a nutshell:

    • ensure you are using our current application for accommodation as this asks all the appropriate questions
    • ensure you physically see an original passport of all adult occupiers (not just tenants) in the presence of the holder(s)
    • ensure the appearance and age of the holder reasonably matches any photograph and information
    • make a clear copy of the passport and retain it electronically or paper copy – make sure to record the date it was copied
    • retain for at least 12 months after the occupiers have vacated
    • if the applicant does not have a passport you will need two documents from group 2 of list A (if they are EEA or Swiss)
    • if the applicant is not EEA or Swiss and found to have a time-limited right to remain in the UK, follow up checks will be necessary for which consult our guidance
    • contact the Guild if you are unsure of anything or are suspicious in any way (for example a single adult wishes to occupy a five bedroom house with no one else intending to occupy).

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