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Updated right to rent check guidance

Tuesday 03 November 2020

New regulations being implemented on 25 November 2020 will allow non-UK nationals in England to evidence their status for Right to Rent through a digital Home Office check and reduce letting agent workloads.

Going forwards, the new system will mean that these digital checks specifically, can be conducted permanently via video call, with no need for letting agents to review documents.

The new digital system will help agents who are regularly handling unfamiliar identity documentation from a range of overseas territories.

Similar to the Right to Work system, individuals will be provided with a share code, which agents can combine with their date of birth, to access a real-time Home Office system.

New process

The system will clearly display whether or not follow up checks are needed and provide a record of the check for the agent to store.
Some checks will still require document checks from letting agents, as not everyone will currently have an immigration status that can be checked online. Agents must therefore also be prepared to continue conducting traditional checks involving original documents.

Digital Checks Required

Groups that may present you with a share code for a digital check are:

  • Non-EEA nationals with a current biometric resident permit or card
  • EEA nationals and their family members with status granted under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • Those with status under the points-based immigration system

The Home Office has updated the existing Code of Practice, and these changes include reference to the status of visitor nationals - known as B5JSSK nationals - from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA, which were introduced in July 2019. ARLA Propertymark raised concerns around this at the time.

A new Short Guide to Right to Rent has also been published, within which, the existing visual reference tool designed to provide examples of relevant identity documents has also been updated.

Propertymark will update members as soon as the new online service is available, and will provide an update on the new method of checks once further information is made available.

The updated Code