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On 20th October 2015 the Government announced that as of 1st February 2016 all landlords in England will be responsible for checking that potential tenants have the right to reside in the UK.

Prospective tenants will have to prove that they are either UK or EEA nationals who have an unlimited right to rent in the UK, or will have to provide the correct immigration status documents including biometric residence permits and travel documents.

Landlords (or agents representing the Landlords) that do not carry out the immigration checks could be fined up to £3,000 per tenant.

Checks are not required for existing tenants, but will be required for all new tenancies from 1st February 2016.

Regency Lettings & Property Management use Homelet the national leading referencing agency for all our tenant credit checks and referencing. Homelet carried out a successful pilot of the right to rent checks for the Home Office from December 2014 to May 2015.

Regency Lettings & Property Management are pleased to confirm that we will be using Homelet Verify service, which is a bespoke solution designed specifically for Homelet agents conducting immigration checks on behalf of their landlords.


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