It’s been confirmed that a new online system allowing landlords to check the Right to Rent status of prospective tenants will be available from November 25.
The new system has been widely anticipated - in September the government said tweaks to the Right To Rent procedures would be made to cope with the Coronavirus crisis ahead of the new online process.
Individuals applying for rental property and landlords themselves will be able to visit www.check-right-to-rent.service.gov.uk and verify the identity of the prospective tenant against the details available on their page.
The government earlier this week released a 43 page document updating Right To Rent, including minor changes to allow requests for digital versions of documents, making checks on a video call, and how to approach situations where prospective tenants don’t have the document required.
The new guidance also includes information on checking the validity of documents and retaining evidence in the current circumstances.
Right To Rent was introduced in 2015 after a six month trial in the Midlands, and has been hit by non-stop controversy ever since.
In the spring of this year the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the government’s scheme, overturning a decision reached in 2019 by the High Court which had found that the Right To Rent legislation was unlawful and racially discriminatory.
At the time the High Court said the measure caused agents and landlords to discriminate against British citizens with ethnic minorities and against foreign nationals.
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