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.