Right to Rent Guide

What is the right to rent? People who are allowed to be in the UK have a right to rent. People who are not allowed to be here do not have a right to rent.

Who should make right to rent checks? Right to rent checks should be made by landlords, agents or householders who are letting private rented accommodation, or taking in a lodger. Anyone who lives in a property as a tenant or occupier, and sub-lets all or part of the property, or takes in a lodger, should also make the checks. This applies to people living in both private and social housing.

What is a right to rent check? This is the check a landlord, agent or householder renting out property should make to ensure that the prospective tenants or occupants have a right to rent. If the check is not made and the occupier has no right to rent, there may be a civil penalty to pay.

Who should be checked? Landlords, agents and householders should check that all adults who will live in the property have a right to rent in the UK.

This includes everyone over the age of 18, regardless of their nationality, who will use the property as their only or main home, even if they are not named on the tenancy agreement and regardless of whether the tenancy agreement is written, oral or implied.

Please find a user-friendly guide, including a list of all the documents acceptable to confirm right to rent here:

What about discrimination? The right to rent scheme applies to all prospective adult occupiers, regardless of their nationality. Landlords, agents and householders will not be acting in a discriminatory way provided they make checks on all prospective adult occupiers.

Please see the "Code of practice for landlords: avoiding unlawful discrimination when conducting 'right to rent' checks in the private rented residential sector", available here;