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Right to Rent checks during COVID-19 outbreak

1st April 2020

From 30 March 2020, Right to Rent checks have been temporarily adjusted to make it easier for landlords to carry them out during the coronavirus outbreak.

Until further notice, landlords and letting agents do not need to see original documents and can complete Right to Rent checks over video calls.

Checks will continue to be necessary and it will remain an offence to knowingly let property to anyone who does not have legal immigration status in the UK.

If prospective or existing tenants cannot provide any of the accepted documents, landlords should use the Landlord’s Checking Service.

Once the temporary changes end, landlords will be asked to carry out the prescribed checks on existing tenants who rented a property during the pandemic.

Updated guidance for landlords and letting agents is now available on GOV.UK.

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