From 1 February 2016 all residential landlords must follow the governments new Landlords Code of Practice.
The Code of Practice states that residential landlords must not rent to any person without ensuring that they have a Right to Rent in the UK.
The regulations apply to both tenants and lodgers.
Failure to check eligibility correctly could result in a fine of up to £3,000 for EACH occupant.
What is expected?
As a residential landlord, the government expects you to:
Check the identity of all adults who will live in the property
Check their original documents
Make copies of these and record the date of the check.
The rules surrounding this area can be complex as it is equally important to ensure you do not inadvertently discriminate against potential tenants, If you are a landlord who has concerns relating to these changes and their effect, you should seek legal advice.
At Atherton Godfrey we have a wealth of experience in advising landlords regarding their obligations and our team of experts will be happy to assist you – contact 01302 320621 or email firstname.lastname@example.org