Latest Government update on Right to Rent checks
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Latest Government update on Right to Rent checks

The Home Office have recently updated their criteria and from Wednesday 6th April landlords and letting agents will need to obtain a share code from an applicant and use the Right to Rent Online Checking Service for applicants who hold a Biometric Residence Card / Permit.

This means we will no longer be able to accept a BRP Card to verify an applicant’s Right to Rent and now must use a share code.

Additionally from Wednesday 6th April, landlords and letting agents will be able to use certified Identification Document Validation Technology (IDVT) service providers to carry out a digital check for applicants who are British and Irish citizens who hold a valid passport or Irish passport card.

Please see the link to the Government website which provides further details:

The temporary adjustments to the Right to Rent scheme for Covid19 will remain in place until 30th September 2022.

The changes that allow the agent to complete the check remotely were due to end on 5th April but, as we reported previously, the end date for these temporary adjusted checks has now been deferred to 30 September 2022 (inclusive).

The decision to defer the end date of the adjusted checks has been made to ensure agents and landlords have enough time to make the necessary changes to their pre-tenancy checking processes, and allow the opportunity to put measures in place to enable face to face document checks if they do not wish to adopt digital checks for British and Irish citizens with a valid passport (or Irish passport card.)