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Right-To-Rent Reminder for Ribble Valley Landlords

Published Wednesday, 06 April 2016

Landlords in Ribble Valley are reminded that they now have a duty to ensure their tenants have a ‘right-to-rent’.

New legislation means landlords can be fined up to £3,000 for renting property to people who do not have permission to be in the UK. 

The right-to-rent rules came into force on 1 February and require private landlords to check the immigration status of prospective tenants before contracts are signed.

And it is not just those named on the tenancy agreement that need to be investigated. Everyone aged 18 and over who will be living in a property must be checked, regardless of nationality, and checks are only valid if carried out within 28 days before the tenancy agreement starts. 

Landlords now have to see and make a copy of every tenant’s passport or residence permit, with a fine imposed for failure to do so. 

Further details are available from gov.uk.

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