Moving People to the UK – Can they prove they have the legal “Right to Rent”?

Author: Ann Dinsdale, GMS
Senior Vice President – Client Services

The original Right to Rent law came into effect on 1 February 2016.  Effectively, the law now placed a legal obligation on landlords/property agents to verify that tenants had the right to live/work in the UK.

This means that renters are not allowed to move into a property until they’ve proved to the landlord/agent that they have all the correct documentation in place – no ifs, no buts.

It’s a lot of red tape – and it’s only gotten all the more complex since Brexit happened, i.e. when the UK left the EU on 30 January 2020.

All the necessary Right to Rent documents must be produced to prove that all adult renters/occupants are in the UK legally to confirm to landlords that they have the right to rent a property.

Since 1 July 2021, landlords have been required to check the immigration status of all adult applicants.  Previously an EEA passport or national identity card confirmed nationality, but this is no longer good enough.

It is now imperative that EEA nationals also prove lawful immigration status in the UK, the same as for all other foreign nationals.  (The only exception is Irish citizens who only need to prove their right to rent using their passport/passport card.)

Of course, our international relocation experts will help you and your people negotiate all these (and the many other) bureaucratic hurdles as part of our VIP relocation services that are all designed to comprehensively support your talent acquisition and retention strategies – whether your moves are to the UK or anywhere else in the world.

Contact us anytime to discuss how we can help you.

I have worked with the Saunders 1865 team during my 4 years on assignment in London. They helped me locate 2 flats over the years and have been a very helpful resource.


June Lathers – Michigan, USA

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