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Proposed Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill

20 November 2019

The final proposal for the Proposed Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill was lodged on the 14 November 2019. By introducing measures to limit rent increases and to improve the availability of information about rent levels, the proposed bill is intended to protect tenants in the private rented sector. Read More...

When should a Notice to Leave be served?

20 November 2019

A recent decision in the case of Majid v Gaffney and Britton the Upper Tribunal for Scotland decided any eviction ground, including those for rent arrears must exist at the time the Notice to Leave is served. Read More...

The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Specified Information) (Wales) Regulations 2019

18 November 2019

The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Specified Information) (Wales) Regulations 2019 have been laid in the National Assembly for Wales and if not annulled, could come into force in 19 days’ time. Read More...

Updated right to rent check guidance

Tuesday 08 October 2019

Guidance on conducting right to rent checks on nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA who have entered the UK through eGates as visitors has been updated.

Nationals of these countries may enter the UK using eGates and will not have their passports endorsed by a Border Force Officer on arrival.

Those coming for more than six months will have a visa and will receive a biometric residence permit after arrival. Those entering as visitors do not require a visa and will not have UK stamps placed in their passport but will have a right to remain in the UK for six months and are entitled to rent property for this period.

Visitors

The UK Government have expanded the acceptable evidence list for citizens of these countries to include an original or copy of:

  • a boarding pass, or an electronic boarding pass for air, rail or sea travel to the UK;
  • an airline, rail or boat ticket, or e-ticket;
  • any type of booking confirmation for air, rail or sea travel to the UK; or
  • any other documentary evidence that establishes the date of arrival in the UK.

The evidence of arrival in the UK within the last six months, together with a copy of the person’s passport should be retained by the landlord, including the date the landlord checked these documents, as evidence they have acted in the proper manner. A copy can be a hardcopy, for example a photocopy, or an electronic copy such as a screenshot.

The UK Government is seeking Parliamentary approval to amend the Code of Practice to reflect this change as soon as possible. Until the changes are made, Government will not seek to impose a civil penalty or take prosecution action in cases where landlords have complied with this guidance.

The updated guidance