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- 3. Advice on housing conditions / landlord responsibilities
- 4. You are here: Tenant immigration checks
4. Tenant immigration checks
- From the 1 February 2016, landlords are now legally required to carry out immigration checks on tenants to ensure they have the right to live in the country.
- If landlords fail to carry out these checks and rent their accommodation to tenants who are not in the country lawfully, they may receive a civil penalty.
- Agents which are acting on behalf of landlords must also carry out these checks.
- Immigration checks must also be applied to lodging and subletting.
- These rules apply to tenants who will use the accommodation as their only or main home. For a home to be their only or main home, it must be either: the only property the person lives in or the property that they use for personal, legal or family matters.
- There are particular types of accommodation that the rules do not apply to. Click on the Citizens Advice Bureau link below to see which accommodation falls into this category.
- If a potential tenant has an outstanding immigration application or appeal with the Home Office, landlords can conduct a check on the person's 'right to rent' via the Landlords Checking Service.
Ensure you do the following
- Obtain the original versions of the documents
- Check their validity
- Make and keep a clear copy and note down the date you made the check
Please note that this is only a general guide. Visit the links below for further detailed and useful information: