Do Landlords need to continue checking their tenant’s right to rent?

Yes, however the Home Office have published guidance to temporarily adjust right to rent checks in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The use of video call to check identity and sending scanned documents rather than the originals is now permitted.

The guidance makes it clear that checks still need to be carried out but warns that individuals who cannot evidence their right to rent during this period should not discriminated against. If a tenant cannot provide the correct documents, this should be reported to the Landlord’s checking service by email. When Covid-19 measures end, retrospective right to rent checks will need to be completed.

If you require advice or assistance in ensuring that your right to rent checks are compliant, then you should seek specialist advice from Latitude Law about this.