After months of uncertainty for landlords, the Home Office has now released updated guidance on Right to Rent, to help anyone letting property in England ensure they are compliant with the law.
The new guidance provides advice for landlords with tenants from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and the United States (B5JSSK nationals), who are in the UK for up to six months.
Since May B5JSSK nationals have been able to use electronic gates at UK airports, so they don’t have their passports stamped on arrival. This has caused difficulties for landlords because their passports didn’t visually prove their right to be in the UK.
Now, the latest Home Office advice confirms that landlords can use the following as acceptable evidence of entry to the UK:
- An original or copy (hardcopy or an electronic copy) of a boarding pass or electronic boarding pass for air, rail or sea travel to the UK, establishing the date of arrival in the UK in the last six months
- An original or copy of an airline, rail or boat ticket or e-ticket establishing the date of arrival in the UK in the last six months
- Any type of booking confirmation (original or copy) for air, rail or sea travel to the UK establishing the date of arrival in the UK in the last six months
- Any other documentary evidence which establishes the date of arrival in the UK in the last six months.
The requirement is waived for holiday lettings of less than three months.
If a potential tenant is unable to present any of the above evidence, a landlord can use the Landlord Checking Service to confirm Right to Rent eligibility. It’s important that landlords keep evidence of Right to Rent checks on file throughout the tenancy, and for 12 months after the tenancy ends, after which time data should be securely disposed of.
For more information and to read the new guidance in full, click here.