123 Estate Agent Bromley look at the recent right to rent temporary measures.
Right to rent checks temporarily adjusted due (COVID-19)
The government have temporarily adjusted Right to rent checks as of 30th March due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
- 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
Conducting a right to rent check during the temporary COVID-19 measures
- 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”.
After the COVID-19 measures end
When the temporary measures are lifted – the date for which has not yet been specified – retrospective right to rent checks will need to be carried out on tenants who either started their tenancy during this period or required a follow-up check during this period. Retrospective checks should be:
- Marked as: “the individual’s tenancy agreement commenced on [insert date]. The prescribed right to rent check was undertaken on [insert date] due to COVID-19.”
- Carried out within 8 weeks of the COVID-19 measures ending.
Both checks should be kept for your records.
This article is based on the governments web site and is a guide only government right to rent checks COVID-19
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