Right to rent in the UK – Documentation and Biometric Residence Permit (Work Visa)
Under the Immigration Act 2014, it is your responsibility to ensure that your tenant has the right to rent in the UK before offering a tenancy agreement. You can do this by seeing original ID documents from your prospective tenants, making sure that you keep a copy of them for each OCCUPIER (that is all tenants and occupiers, anybody who is residing in the property, whether they are named on the tenancy agreement or not). From the ID documents, you are able to check the immigration status (Biometric Residence Permit) of the residents, and ensure they have ‘the right to rent’ your property.
Austin D’arcy will undertake tenant checks on your behalf for all of our lettings service packages, and reserve the right to refuse to grant a tenancy if we are, in any way, unsure of the validity of your tenant’s documentation.
The list below provides details of each document that can be accepted to satisfy a Right to Rent check, either in isolation or in combination. In each instance, an original document/s must be seen, and copies taken for your records. If an original is not available, a copy may be accepted only if it has been certified by a Law Society registered solicitor.