From 1st February 2016, all private landlords in England will have to make right to rent checks. This is to ensure that you only let to people who have a right to be in the UK
You will need to make a “right to rent” check if you:
- Are a private landlord, have a lodger, are sub-letting a property or are an agent appointed by a landlord to make right to rent checks.
Essentially, this means that you are required to check documents to show anyone you offer a tenancy/licence to that they have a right to be in the UK.
“Acceptable” documents include:
A passport or national id card showing that the holder is a national of the EEA (European Economic Area) or Switzerland
A biometric immigration document
Current immigration status document
A full list of acceptable documents can be found on the attached link.