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Landlords in England get ready for right to rent

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Landlords in England are being reminded that there is less than a month to go before "right to rent" rules go live.

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The new law means that from February 1, 2016, landlords will have to carry out quick and simple checks to ensure potential tenants have the right to rent property in the UK.

From this week commencing 4 January, landlords can start to carry out right to rent checks as these can be done from 28 days before the start of a tenancy agreement.

Right to rent was first introduced in parts of the West Midlands in December 2014 and the extension to England is the next phase of a UK Wide roll out.

Landlords, and anyone who sublets or takes in lodgers, could face a financial penalty of up to £3,000 per tenant if they are found to be letting property to someone who has no right to stay in the UK.

The government has been working with an expert consultative panel, which includes trade bodies, local authorities and charities, to listen to feedback from the first phase of the scheme.

The panel has advised on an updated landlords code of practice which includes changes to the acceptable document list to make it even simpler to conduct a check.

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