Who is responsible for right to rent checks?

Introduction

In England, it is a condition of every tenancy that the right to rent status of all adult occupiers is checked before the tenancy is granted. Failure to perform this check can lead to serious consequences with fines of up to £3000 per occupier without right to rent or potentially a prison sentence of up to five years.

Who is responsible for performing a right to rent check?

Normally the landlord will be responsible for performing this check even where they employ an agent to manage their properties for them. However, you can arrange to transfer responsibility for performing a right to rent check to your agent. This must be done in writing and cannot be agreed verbally.

The NRLA has produced a document for our members who wish to perform this responsibility transfer. 

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