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Right to Rent

From 1 December 2014, landlords will need to check that someone has the right to live in the UK before letting a property to them. This includes landlords who take in lodgers or sub-let property.

In most cases you’ll be able to carry out the checks without contacting the Home Office. All you need to do is check evidence of a person’s identity and citizenship, for example a passport or biometric residence permit.

The right to rent checks only apply to:

  • Landlords, homeowners and letting agents in Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton.
  • All adults aged 18 and over living at the property.
  • New tenancy agreements starting on or after 1 December 2014.

If you let a property after this date to someone who doesn’t have the right to rent, you could be fined up to £3,000.

We encourage all landlords to check the Government web-site for information on this matter:

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