Right to Rent Checks

When you apply to rent your home in England your landlord or letting agent will ask for additional information from you so they can complete a 'Right to Rent' check, but what does it mean?

As part of the Immigration Act 2014, landlords will be required to check their tenants' immigration status before offering a tenancy agreement to make sure that the tenant has a 'right to rent’, meaning that they are in the country legally as a UK citizen, EU or EEA national or have valid immigration permission to be in the UK.

Right to Rent checks are not currently required by law in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

Read our How to guide on Right to Rent checks here: Housing How To - Right to Rent

Visit Shelter's website for more information.