Right to rent checks after Brexit (13th May 2019)
What is a right to rent check?
Right to rent check is when the Landlord is legally obliged to check all their tenants or lodgers’ status and whether they have legal status to live and rent a residential property in England.
This is usually conducted by asking for the tenant/lodger’s original passport or visa documentation. If you are a landlord and wish to read the full list of acceptable documents, you can access it via this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/right-to-rent-document-checks-a-user-guide
Will right to rent check change for EEA nationals after Brexit?
No, it will not change until 1st January 2021. The government has published the updated guidance on right to rent checks on 13th May 2019. They have confirmed that the right to rent checks will remain the same for EEA nationals and Swiss nationals even where the UK leaves the EU without a deal until 1st January 2021.
Right to rent checks are not retrospective and will not require landlords to check whether an EEA national arrived pre or post-Brexit date. Additionally, they will not be required to check if the EEA national is registered under the EU Settlement Scheme or European temporary leave to remain.
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