Most of the people with unlimited right to rent include Swiss nationals, EEA members, and British citizens, and those that have been granted “indefinite leave to remain” which means they don’t have any time limit on their stay in the United Kingdom.
Those with time-limited rights mean they have to leave to remain or enter the United Kingdom for a short duration or they’re entitled to remain or enter under European Union law. A good example of this might be qualifying EEA nationals. These people would have documentary evidence to showcase the right to stay in the United Kingdom for a certain period. It’s important to remember to conduct follow-up checks.
When it comes to those with no rights to rent and aren’t allowed to occupy the residential accommodation because they don’t have exclusive permission to stay in the UK, allowing such groups of illegal migrants to reside in a property for usage, as their main or only home might be the cause for the civil penalty. An exception will be if the state secretary has allowed them to rent in the United Kingdom.
How To Make The Right To Rent Follow-Up Checks?
A landlord must get original documentation from the potential tenants and check whether or not they are original and not doctored. Any supporting documentation like a deed poll, divorce decree, or a marriage certificate should be obtained to evidence any discrepancy in the name. If the landlord finds that the tenant is only permitted to remain in the UK for a short period, the landlord also needs to do some extra checks in the next 28 days before signing the lease. Some of the things you need to check out include:
- Know the adults that live in the home you’re renting as their main home.
- Obtain genuine documents by video link or in the presence of a validated holder
- Make copies of the documents and then retain them until a year after the lease is terminated.
- Checks include making sure the details like dates of birth and photographs are consistent across various documents.
- Check supporting documentation and reasons for any discrepancies in the names.
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Oxford City Council. (n.d.). Check your Tenant’s right to rent. https://www.oxford.gov.uk/info/20114/landlords_and_agents/984/check_your_tenants_right_to_rent
Team, R. C. (2018, February 19). Reality check: How does renting a home in the UK compare? BBC News. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-43075176