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“Right to rent”: what does it mean for London tenants?

Since the 1st of February 2016, the UK government has introduced a new regulation whereby all tenants must have the “right to stay” in the UK at the time of the start of their tenancy. What does this mean?

For tenants:

– From the European Union: citizens with an EU passport automatically have the right to stay in the UK.

– From outside the European Union: citizens must have a valid visa at the date where the tenancy starts. It is then their responsibility to ensure that the visa is renewed or stays valid for the duration of the tenancy.

For landlords:

Landlords now have the legal obligation to check that a prospective tenant does/will have a valid visa when the tenancy agreement starts. They are also obliged to see the original of the prospective tenant’s passport and visa document (whether from the EU or not).

Most landlords will delegate this responsibility to their representing estate agent. This means that an additional step is added into the renting process, whereby before the agreement is executed (meaning before the day that the tenancy starts), the estate agent will need to have seen the valid documents from the future tenants – thus adding to the complexity and the complex time schedule of the renting process.

Your Simply London relocation agent will be able to assist you with this new procedure, and liaise with the estate agent/landlord to ensure a smooth process.

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