Right to Rent checks carried out by Agents

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8:39 AM, 4th February 2020
About 10 months ago

Right to Rent checks carried out by Agents

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Right to Rent checks carried out by Agents

The property agent did the Right to Rent checks on a tenant when they initially issued a 12-month tenancy contract to the tenant. The property is fully managed by the Agent. At this point the tenant’s visa did cover for full first 12-month tenancy contract.

However, when property agent renewed the tenancy contract for another 12 months at the end of the first 12 months tenancy. For Example: Date of renewal (start) Nov 2019 and End date of Tenant’s Visa: Oct 2020

I don’t believe the agent did Right to Rent checks again. I noticed this recently the agent renewed the tenant’s tenancy contract when the Tenant only had 11 months left on the renewed 12-month tenancy.

Question 1: Was the property agent negligent in giving a renewal 12-month tenancy to a tenant that had 11 months remaining on their visa?

Question 2: Also what should the agent have done when renewing the tenancy?

Many thanks


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James Mann

9:10 AM, 4th February 2020
About 10 months ago

My understanding is that your agent is correct and that the visa does not need to cover the entirety of the fixed term of 12 months. Your agent will need to see the new visa after 11 months.

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