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Right to Rent: A Landlords’ guide to checking immigration documents

 As from last February 2016 Landlords must conduct checks to establish whether a prospective tenant has the right to rent in the UK in accordance with the Immigration Act 2014.
There are 3 major points to be carried out, prior to commencing any tenancy:
1.  OBTAIN – Original versions of one or more acceptable documents:
LIST ONE

A passport (current or expired) showing that the soldier is a British Citizen or a citizen of the UK and Colonies having the right of abode in the UK.

A passport or national identity card (current or expired) showing that the holder is a national of the European Economic Area or Switzerland.

A registration certificate or document (current or expired) certifying or indicating permanent residence issued by the Home Office, to a national of a European Union, European Economic Area country or Switzerland.

A permanent residence card, indefinite leave to remain, indefinite leave to enter or no time limit card issued by the Home Office (current or expired), to a non-EEA national who is a family member of an EEA or Swiss national.

A permanent residence card, indefinite leave to remain, indefinite leave to enter or no time limit card issued by the Home Office (current or expired), to a non-EEA national who is a family member of an EEA or Swiss national.

A passport or other travel document (current or expired) endorsed to show that the holder is exempt from immigration control, is allowed to stay indefinitely in the UK, has the right of abode in the UK, or has no time limit on their stay in the UK.

A certificate of registration or naturalisation as a British citizen.

LIST TWO

Any two of the following documents when produced in any combination. All documents in List A, Group 2, must be dated to show they were issued within the specified date shown, eg: within the last three months. The document must contain the name of the prospective tenant:

A full birth or adoption certificate issued in the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or Ireland, which includes the name(s) of at least one of the holder‟s parents or adoptive parents.

A letter issued within the last 3 months confirming the holder‟s name, issued by a UK government department or local authority and signed by a named official (giving their name and professional address), or signed by a British passport holder (giving their name, address and passport number), or issued by a person who employs the holder (giving their name and company address) confirming the holder‟s status as an employee.

A letter from a UK police force confirming the holder is a victim of crime and personal documents have been stolen, stating the crime reference number, issued within the last 3 months.

Evidence (identity card, document of confirmation issued by one of HM forces, confirmation letter issued by the Secretary of State) of the holder‟s previous or current service in any of HM‟s UK armed forces.

A letter from HM Prison Service, the Scottish Prison Service or the Northern Ireland Prison Service confirming the holder‟s name, date of birth; or a letter from an officer of the National Offender Management Service in England and Wales, an officer of a local authority in Scotland or an officer of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland.

Letter from a UK further or higher education institution confirming the holder‟s acceptance on a course of studies.

A current full or provisional UK driving licence (a photocard without paper counterpart is acceptable).

A current UK firearm or shotgun certificate.

Disclosure and Barring Service certificate issued within the last 3 months.

Benefits paperwork issued by HMRC, Local Authority or a Job Centre Plus, on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions or the Northern Ireland Department for Social Development, within the last 3 months.

2.  CHECK – That the documents are valid in the presence of the holder.

3. COPY:  And retain a CLEAR copy, and record the date that the check was made, and by whom.

For more information, download this Home Office document:  document_guidance_for_landlords

Posted on : Oct, 24 2015