Right to Rent – Expanded acceptable evidence list

by Property 118

12:03 PM, 9th October 2019
About A week ago

Right to Rent – Expanded acceptable evidence list

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Right to Rent – Expanded acceptable evidence list

The Home Office have issued updated guidance on the 8th Oct for landlords and letting agents taking proof of right to remain in the UK and entitled to rent for the following nationalities below. Click here for the full updated guidance.

“Nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA 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

We 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 hard copy, for example a photocopy, or an electronic copy such as a screenshot.

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



Comments

Ian Narbeth

13:00 PM, 9th October 2019
About A week ago

"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."

Watch out landlords and make a diary note that you will have to dob the tenant in to the Home Office if he or she stays to the end of the tenancy! As landlords cannot terminate using s21 before 6 months has elapsed any tenant from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea or the USA will potentially be caught by the rules.

B4lamb

8:41 AM, 10th October 2019
About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by Ian Narbeth at 09/10/2019 - 13:00
I would think it a matter of what takes precedence. In theory the maximum letting period for these nationalities who do not hold a visa is 6 months so a section 21 is not required. If they overstay and carry on paying the rent then I'm assuming the home office will step in. The landlord will have complied if the records have been taken and passed on. If they stay on and stop paying rent I think you would have great assistance from the home office to obtain an eviction.

Paul Essex

18:02 PM, 10th October 2019
About A week ago

If they can only stay 6 months, unless they sign up at the airport they are unlikely to have 6 months left for an AST so can we actually let to such people?


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