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Amendment to Right to Rent Checks – Covid-19

The Home Office has announced that Right to Rent checks can be completed without meeting tenants during the Covid-19 pandemic.

As of the 30th March 2020:

  • checks can now be carried out over video calls

  • tenants can send scanned documents or a photo of documents for checks using email or a mobile app, rather than sending originals

  • landlords should use the Landlord’s Checking Service if a prospective or existing tenant cannot provide any of the existing documents

Instructions for completing right to rent checks provided by the Home Office are as follows:

  • Ask the tenant to submit a scanned copy or a photo of their original documents via email or using a mobile app.

  • Arrange a video call with the tenant – ask them to hold up the original documents to the camera and check them against the digital copy of the documents.

  • Record the date you made the check and mark it as “an adjusted check has been undertaken on [insert date] due to COVID-19”.

For the full details of the announcement click here.



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