Right To Rent

Key Features of Right To Rent

  • Make the Right to Rent checking process quicker and more reliable
  • Reduce administration and ensure that you have a robust and consistent process
  • A range of easy to use ID validation solutions to help you with document checks whether you are checking a few documents or many thousands.
  • Check documents on the move with mobile scanning App
  • Validate copies and scans of documents online using the TrustID Cloud service
  • If you want an advance level document check, our Desktop scanning system can help
  • Access to our Document Helpdesk, with government trained experts who are on hand with advice and guidance

A bit about Right to Rent

Under the Immigration Act 2016, landlords or letting agents have to see, check and capture proof of identity from tenants over the age of 18 who are living at a property as their main home. Usually, this would be a passport, ID card or biometric residence permit. Any landlord who knows or has reasonable cause to believe that they are letting a property to an illegal migrant could face increased penalties, including a fine of up to £3,000 per illegal tenant.

You have to make Right to Rent identity checks on all tenants, regardless of their nationality or ethnicity, 28 days before their tenancy begins. And if the tenant’s documentation is only valid for a certain time-period, you should make the necessary follow up checks too.
If you’re a landlord, you can ask your letting agent to carry out the checks for you but you must get this agreement in writing. If a tenant sub-lets the property without you knowing, they should make the checks themselves. 

A great place to start for more information on Right to Rent is the Home Office website.

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