The government has updated its advice for landlords carrying out Right to Rent checks during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As a result of the government’s announcement on 14 June 2021 to extend the date for the easing of lockdown restrictions and social distancing measures, the temporary COVID-19 adjusted Right to Rent checks will now end on 31 August 2021.
From 1 September 2021, landlords and letting agents will revert to face-to-face and physical document checks as set out in legislation and guidance. This will ensure landlords and letting agents have sufficient notice to put measures in place to enable face-to-face document checks.
Updated advice for landlords carrying out right to rent checks during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The following temporary changes were made on 30 March 2020 and remain in place until 31 August 2021:
- Checks can currently be carried out over video calls.
- Tenants can send scanned documents or a photo of documents for checks using email or a mobile app, rather than sending originals.
- Landlords should use the Landlord Checking Service if a prospective or existing tenant cannot provide any of the accepted documents.
Checks continue to be necessary and you must continue to check the prescribed documents set out in Landlords Guide to Right to Rent or use the online right to rent checking service. It remains an offence to knowingly rent to a person who does not have the right to rent in the UK.