Nick Symes on… The Right to Rent Act




Article Update (01.03.19)

You may have noticed in the media today how Mr Justice Spencer has criticised this government scheme, which has now been declared at the High Court as incompatible with current human rights legislation.

We will be watching developments closely and advising on any important changes for landlords, as they are announced.


The Right to Rent Act came into force 1st February 2016. This applies to ALL private Landlords and requires them to carry out Right to Rent checks for ALL new leases signed on or after 1st February 2016. 

Failure to comply with the legislation will result in a fine of up to £3,000, per tenant. 

The checks are to ensure you are not renting your property to someone who isn't allowed to stay in the UK. 

Within the legislation however, there are some exceptions, including: 

  • Some accommodation provided by Local Authorities 
  • Student accommodation, where the student has been nominated by a Higher Education institution 
  • Hostels and refuges 
  • Company lets 
  • Holiday accommodation

For more information see