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Ensuring all tenants have the Right to Rent

As part of the Immigration Act 2014, the government trialed their Right to Rent initiative in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Dudley last year. Following the success of the trial, Right to Rent is being rolled out across England from 1st February 2016.

Accustomed to the principles of the scheme, Redstones appreciate the vital role of tenant screening in the entire letting process.

Essentially, all letting agents must see and make copies of acceptable ID before a tenancy begins. This new legislation therefore doesn’t represent a major change to business operations at Redstones. Already working to high professional standards, we understand the importance of knowing exactly who we are letting our properties to and our staff are fully familiar with how to conduct Right to Rent checks.

The scheme was previously criticised for discriminating against those who do have a right to rent but many not have a current driving licence or passport. To address this issue, an acceptable list of identification is being modified.

Interestingly, in the West Midlands based trial area, seven landlords have been issued with civil penalties; a relatively small number.

However, now that the scheme is being extended nationally, more fines are likely to be issued and they will escalate to £3,000 per illegal occupier.

Please note that Right to Rent legislation applies to occupiers who sub-let and residents with lodgers, as well as landlords.

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