Re-verification of Right to Rent
Updated over a week ago

Agents/Landlords must do a follow up right to rent check to ensure renters can still rent their property in the UK if there’s a time limit on their permission to stay.

You may incur a penalty if you fail to do a follow-up check and the renter's permission to stay expires.

You can do a follow-up check before the end of your tenant’s permission to stay in the UK or 12 months after your previous check, whichever comes first.

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) there are temporary changes to the way you can check documents. Ensure you read the government guidance. This includes making checks on a video call, and what to do if someone cannot provide any accepted documents.

You do not have to do a follow-up check if there’s no time limit on your tenant’s permission to stay in the UK.

If your tenant fails a follow-up check

You must notify the Home Office if you find out that a renter can no longer legally rent property in England after doing a follow-up check.

You could be fined or sent to prison for up to 5 years if your renter fails a follow-up check and you do not report it to the Home Office.

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