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Attention Private Landlords

PLEASE NOTE: Information in this article is correct at the time of publication, please contact DFA Law for current advice on older articles.

Under the Immigration Act 2014 (Commencement No. 6) Order 2016 from 1st February 2016 it becomes compulsory for checks to be carried out before allowing anyone to live permanently in a property you own or control.

The obligation applies to ALL adults who will live in the property as their main residence, so it will also cover permanent lodgers as well as tenants of properties.

It is recommended that copies of the items used as evidence are taken and kept to prove that the checks have been carried out. It is best that the copies are dated by the landlord (or agent) and must be kept for at least one year thereafter.

If you have any doubts over the documents there is a Right to Rent check facility on the Home Office website (

It is important as if you do not follow the necessary procedures and processes you could face a penalty of up to £3,000.00

The link below is to the Home Office Code of Practice to give more information.


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