Before a new tenancy can begin, there are are some checks you have to do. You may already be aware of all your obligations, but if you're not, or you need to refresh your memory, you've come to the right place.
Right to rent check
The Immigration Act 2014 introduced new restrictions that apply to private residential rental agreements. Before you accept a new tenant, you’re now required to perform a check that they have the right to live and rent in the UK.
Before the start of a new tenancy, you must check all tenants aged 18 and over, even if:
› they’re not named on the tenancy agreement,
› there’s no tenancy agreement, and
› the tenancy agreement isn’t in writing
You’ll need to check all new tenants.
From November 2020, landlords and letting agents can use a new Home Office online service to conduct right to rent checks in most cases. This service is secure, free to use and provides tenants, landlords and letting agents access to up to date real time information about individuals' right to rent. The government has laid out the steps you need to follow to successfully complete right to rent checks, on the gov.uk website to help you comply with the legislation.
You can also obtain more information about the act and your obligations via the following links:
Rent Smart Wales
If you’re a landlord or letting agent in Wales, you’re probably aware that the Welsh Government has separate rules and regulations for the Welsh Private Rented Sector (PRS), under The Housing (Wales) Act 2014.
The main change is mandatory registration and licensing through their Rent Smart scheme. The deadline for landlords and agents to register was 23 November 2016 and now, if you’re operating in Wales without a licence, you may be breaking the law.
Find out more about Rent Smart Wales.