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All change - right to rent update

It’s all change again for prospective tenants from overseas. The way in which Biometric Residence Card (BRC), Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) and Frontier Worker Permit (FWP) holders evidence their right to rent is changing. From April 2022, BRC, BRP and FWP holders will evidence their right to rent using the Home Office online service only, presentation of a physical document will no longer be acceptable.Consequently, from April 2022, landlords will no longer be able to accept or check a physical BRC, BRP or FWP as valid proof of right to rent, even if it shows a later expiry date. However, landlords do not need to retrospectively verify the status of BRC, BRP or FWP holders who entered into a tenancy agreement pre April 2022. 

Right to rent checks  Landlords must check that all prospective tenants have a lawful immigration in the UK before entering into a tenancy agreement in England, to avoid being liable for a civil penalty. There are two types of right to rent checks: an online check and a manual check. The type of check landlords are required to conduct will depend on the status of the prospective tenant. An online right to rent check is required for all BRC, BRP and FWP holders, as well as individuals who only hold digital proof of their immigration status in the UK. To carry out an online right to rent check, landlords will need the applicant’s date of birth and their share code, which they will have obtained online. For further information for landlords on how to use the online services, guidance is available on GOV.UK 

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