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Guidance: Right to rent: landlords' code of practice

Updated: added information leaflet

This document provides guidance for landlords affected by the introduction of right to rent checks.

The code of practice explains:

  • if your property is affected
  • if any exemptions apply
  • how to carry out a right to rent check
  • what documents individuals can show you as evidence of their right to rent
  • when and how to request a right to rent check from the Home Office

Use the right to rent tool to find out how to carry out a check

Affected landlords

Fro... m 1 December 2014, some landlords will need to check that someone has the right to live in the UK before letting a property to them. This includes landlords who take in lodgers or sub-let property.

In most cases you’ll be able to carry out the checks without contacting the Home Office. All you need to do is check evidence of a person’s identity and citizenship, for example a passport or biometric residence permit.

The right to rent checks only apply to:

  • landlords in Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton
  • all adults aged 18 and over living at the property
  • new tenancy agreements starting on or after 1 December 2014

If you let a property after this date to someone who doesn’t have the right to rent, you could be fined up to £3,000.

You can also find out more about how to rent and private renting, or register to receive information on right to rent checks from the Home Office.

If you need more help, call the landlords helpline: 0300 069 9799