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Breaking news for landlords – Right to Rent criminal sanctions now in place

Back in February, Right to Rent regulations came into play, which meant all tenants have to be checked to ensure they have the right to rent in the UK.

Some of the checks include:

  • Checking original documents and making sure they are all consistent and that nothing has been altered
  • Making copies of the documents, and keeping them for the duration of the tenancy, plus one year after the tenancy has ended
  • Check which adults will live, or live at the property as their only home.

Today, new parts of the Immigration Act 2016 came into effect, meaning agents acting on behalf of landlords, or landlords themselves if they manage tenancies, will be committing a criminal offence if they have ‘reasonable cause to believe’ that the property they are letting is being rented by a tenant who has been disqualified under Right to Rent regulations.

Penalties include imprisonment and / or an unlimited fine.

In March, a survey by the Residential Landlords Association found that 90% of landlords said that (at the time) they have received no information from the government on the new Right to rent checks.

In the survey, which collected responses from over 1,500 landlords, 72% of respondents said they are not entirely sure of their obligations around Right to Rent, and how they are supposed to carry out these checks.

Kingsley Hamilton Estates look after the referencing process for our landlords and carry out a complete reference check for all tenants over the age of 17.

We work closely with tenants referencing specialists Letsure and HomeLet, to ensure our landlords only have tenants who have a legal right to rent in the UK move into their property.

For advice regarding the Right to Rent checks, call the Kingsley Hamilton Estates team today on 020 7078 0214, or email