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Up and coming changes to right to rent checks

The government has announced that the temporary changes to Right to Rent Checks will end after 31st August 2021.

The temporary adjustments allowed checks to be undertaken over video calls or using scanned/photographed copies of original documents. Once the changes are lifted on 31st August, face-to-face and physical document checks will be required once again.

After the COVID-19 measures end, landlords and letting agents will need to:

In specific cases, landlords and letting agents can apply to the Home Office for verification but should try get the documents in the first instance. Such circumstances are were a person has an application or appeal outstanding with the Home Office or, the Home Office is currently holding the person’s documents

Up to and including 31st August 2021, if you are carrying out a temporary COVID-19 adjusted check you must:

  1. Request a scanned copy or photo of the tenant’s original documents (via email or mobile app)
  2. Set up a video call with the tenant. Ask them to hold up the original documents so you can check them against the digital scan/photo
  3. Record the date you made the right to rent check. Make a note that the check was adjusted due to COVID-19
  4. Use the government’s online right to rent service (if you have the applicant’s permission) during the video call. The service can be used if the tenant has a current Biometric Residence Permit/Biometric Residence Card, or has been granted status under the EU Settlement Scheme/the points-based immigration system.

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Updated 18th June 2021.

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Helen Jolly

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Helen Jolly

Director (Lettings)

With a BSc in Estate Management, Helen has over 20 years’ experience in residential lettings and property management, from individual houses to property portfolios.

She set up Emsleys Estate Agents’ Lettings Service in 2007 and is responsible for assisting aspiring landlords or those with single or multiple properties to rent.