rent repayment order
All private landlords in England are now legally required to check that new tenants are lawfully resident in the UK before renting the property to them. This ‘right to rent’ scheme is estimated to effect 1.8 million landlords and 2.6million tenants.
The law applies to any residential tenancy agreement entered into on or after the 1stFebruary 2016, whether the contract is written or verbal and includes landlords who sublet or take in lodgers.If a landlord appoints an agent in writing then the agent will take on all responsibility of the checks and liability for breach.
A landlord can receive a civil penalty of up to £3000 for each tenant that resides in his property without the right to rent. The landlord has 28 days from the date of receiving the notice to object to the penalty. The landlord will have a defence if he can demonstrate that a satisfactory right to rent check was undertaken.
How to conduct a right to rent check?
The Home Office has issued guidance on how to carry out the checks in a manner which is not discriminatory.
Should documents be retained?
A copy of the documents must be retained throughout the tenancy and for 12 months thereafter.
A landlord must notify the Home Office if he discovers that a tenant no longer has a right to rent to avoid a civil penalty being imposed. The landlord is not obliged to take steps to take possession of the property.
6 Branksome, Gower Road,
Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0HD, UK
Monday ……………. 9 am – 5 pm
Tuesday ……………. 9 am – 5 pm
Wednesday ………. 9 am – 5 pm
Thursday ………….. 9 am – 5 pm
Friday ……………….. 9 am – 5 pm
Saturday …………… Closed
Sunday ……………… Closed
Some properties in England and Wales need a license regardless of how many people are living in the property. One enquiry from a tenant led to a £21,000.00 Rent Repayment Order that they would never have known about