It is understandable that landlords have to comply with a number of rules and regulations. Some of these regulations are to ensure tenants enjoy safe and satisfactory living conditions while others have other administrative requirements.
Coventry landlords should be aware that they are legally required to carry out a test on whether a tenant has the legal right to rent property in England. This is an issue for landlords across the country, not just in Coventry, but it is something that we believe local landlords should be aware of.
Are you eligible for an exemption when it comes to right to rent checks?
While there is a lot of focus on what landlords need to do to comply with regulations, there are also a lot of exemptions that can make life easier. If you are a landlord who is letting student accommodation, you don’t need to concern yourself with carrying out right to rent checks. This is because student accommodation is classed as an area of exemption for these tests.
This information is taken from the Gov.uk website and there are a number of exemptions, including:
· The accommodation is social housing
· The accommodation is classed as a refuge or a hostel
· The accommodation is classed as a hospital, a hospice or social housing
· The accommodation is student housing
Given the demand for student accommodation in Coventry, it is fair to say that many Coventry landlords operate student accommodation and therefore don’t need to carry out these tests. This will be a relief for many landlords in Coventry and it should give them one less job to worry about.
However, if you are not eligible for the exemption, you will need to carry out the check.
Before a tenancy begins, the landlord must carry out a check on all tenants who are aged 18 or older. This is the case even if the tenant isn’t named on the agreement, there is no agreement in place or the agreement hasn’t been set in writing.
Landlords should follow these steps to ensure that they comply with the right to rent checks:
1. Undertake a check on the adults who will be classed as tenants and who will use the property as their main home
2. Request original documents which will prove the tenant can rent in the UK
3. Review these documents to determine if the tenant has the right to rent property in the UK
4. Carry out a check to ensure each document is genuine
5. Make copies of the documents, record the date the documents were checked and retain the copies
6. Return the original documents to the tenant
Landlords can fine severe punishment if they don’t check whether a tenant has right to rent
Landlords should be aware that they can receive an unlimited fine or even face a prison sentence if they are found to have let their property to someone who doesn’t hold the right to rent in England.
At Studentcircle Lettings, we know the challenges landlords in Coventry face, and we aim to help you manage your business as best we can. If you need any assistance in this area, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.