Right to Rent Breakfast Briefing:

Do landlords need to become immigration officers? A lawyer explains.

Mark Lilley-Tams - Right To Rent Liability AdviceLetting Agents and Landlords are invited to a free Right to Rent breakfast briefing being organised by Right2Rent taking place at RJM, Nottingham at 08:00 – 09:30 on 4th February 2016 to discuss the forthcoming implementation of the Right to Rent scheme.

To book on to this free event, please click here.


From 1st February 2016, the private rented housing sector sees one of the biggest changes in recent times. The Immigration Act 2014 introduces unprecedented challenges to Landlords and Letting Agents with the introduction of the Right to Rent scheme. For the first time, Landlords are legally obliged to check whether their tenant has a ‘right to rent’. Getting it wrong or doing nothing will now result in Landlords being fined hefty sums or even facing prison.

The feedback from Landlords and Letting Agents in the pilot area of the West Midlands over the past year has been that they feel overwhelmed by the volume of information published, the complexity of immigration laws and the sheer variety of documents which can evidence the Right to Rent.

Leading immigration lawyer, Mark Lilley-Tams of Paragon Law says: “Overall the picture we have received from those in the pilot area has been one of confusion and uncertainty. For the first time the referencing process is no longer just about a Landlord finding a reliable tenant to rent to, but is a legal obligation under the Right to Rent scheme.”

The briefing will cover the detail of the new requirements being implemented, what the potential liability and risks are for landlords and letting agents and the steps that need to be taken immediately. Also discussed will be the dangers of unlawfully discriminating against tenants and how this risk can be avoided. Additionally, there will be a Question and Answer session and the opportunity to network.

Joining Mark will be residential letting specialist Ali Baylav, managing director of Cavendish Lettings, who will be on hand to offer his advice on the new legislation.

Demand for this Right to Rent Breakfast Briefing event is expected to be high, and as such those interested in attending this event are asked to register as soon as possible.


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Important Update

As of the 1st July 2021 we are no longer able to carry out manual checks on EU nationals to confirm a right to rent.

From 1st July 2021, the majority of EEA citizens will prove their right to rent using the Home Office online service. Those who have made a successful application to the EU Settlement Scheme will have been provided with an eVisa and can only prove their right to rent using the Home Office online service ‘prove your right to rent in England’ available on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/prove-right-to-rent.

To prove their right to rent from 1st July 2021, individuals will provide landlords with a share code and their date of birth which will enable landlords to check their Home Office immigration status via the online service available on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/view-right-to-rent.

We are still able to carry out manual checks for non EU nationals and family member of EU nationals in some instances, if you are unsure whether your prospective check meets this criteria please contact right to rent at enquiries@right2rent.co.uk.