What does right to rent mean for me?

Right to rent took effect in February 2016 and will affect every tenant in England, so if you don’t know what it is and why it’s important, read on.

For every new tenancy, Exchange Residential will have to check that every tenant has a legal right to be in the UK.

This means that we will be checking your passport (or other form of photo ID) and, if you’re from a country outside of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, making sure you have been granted unlimited or time-limited leave to remain in the UK.

In most cases, this will mean verifying a permit/visa issued by the Home Office.

 This right to rent check is something that we legally have to do, so please do not take offence if we are being particular strict on what we need and when we need it.

 Some key points to note are:

  •  Your documents must be produced in person – copies or other individuals presenting them will not be accepted.
  • If you do not have a passport, please contact the office for other forms of acceptable documentation
  • ‘Other’ forms of acceptable documentation are time limited so please contact the office for more information
  • For international tenants that require a VISA, if this expires during your tenancy, you will need to present your new/extended one as soon as you have it

If you would like to discuss this further or want more information, please contact us on 0191 2699920.