Right to Rent Checks have changed – Vouch

Right to Rent Checks have changed

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The Home Office has published new guidance on how to deliver Right to Rent checks following the end of the grace period created by the EU Withdrawal Agreement.

From 1st July 2021, the majority of EEA citizens will prove their Right to Rent using the Home Office online checking service. Those who have made a successful application to the EU Settlement Scheme will have been provided with digital evidence of their immigration status.

What does this mean for Agents and Landlords?

Agents will need to create a statutory excuse against liability for a civil penalty by carrying out the check using the Home Office online service. Where an EEA citizen has been granted ‘Settled Status’, they will have a continuous Right to Rent, in the same way as someone with Indefinite Leave to Remain.

Where an EEA citizen has been granted ‘Pre-Settled Status’, they will have a time-limited Right to Rent and will require a follow-up check. The Home Office online service will notify when a follow-up check must be carried out.

In a nutshell, agents will move from checking nationality to checking UK Immigration Status from 1st July 2021.

To help ensure that you stay compliant, we have created a simple flow chart detailing which documents you need for each nationality group, and how you can check the immigration status of your tenant.

We have also updated our referencing process to automatically ask for the relevant documents from your tenants depending on their nationality.

Get your free copy of the flow chart here.

You can read more on the changes in the right to rent checks on the GOV.uk website.

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