What is the Right to Rent?

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Right to rent refers to the obligation on landlords to check that each person aged 18 or over is legally entitled to rent property in the UK before they move into the property.

All tenants 18+ must be checked. It’s against the law to only check people you think are not British citizens. You must not discriminate against anyone because of where they’re originally from.

If a prospective tenant cannot prove their right to rent, they cannot move into the rental property. 

This is a complicated area, and it is possible to delegate the responsibility to a letting agent. However, bear in mind that if you use an online letting agent such as OpenRent, you will need to check the original documents yourself before you hand over the keys, and keep a record of the checks.

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