BREAKING: Home Office extends Right to Right deadline to end of August

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BREAKING: Home Office extends Right to Right deadline to end of August

The government has extended the period during which the existing and more relaxed immigration Right to Rent regulations can be followed by two months.

This is the third extension and reflects the recent proposed delay to the Covid ‘freedom day’ in England by Boris Johnson last week to the 19th July.

The period during which the temporary adjusted checking processes apply was expected to end on 16th May but was then extended until 21st June and now 31st August.

This means until then landlords will still be able to do online video identity checks and accept digital/scanned copies of Right to Rent documentation.

Then, from 1st September onwards landlords and letting agents will revert to face-to-face and physical document checks as set out in legislation and guidance.

The Home Office says this will ensure both groups will have sufficient notice to put measures in place to enable face-to-face document checks.

“You do not need to carry out retrospective checks on those who had a COVID-19 adjusted check between 30 March 2020 and 31 August 2021,” the Home Office statement says.

“This reflects the length of time the adjusted checks have been in place and supports landlords during this difficult time.

“You will maintain a defence against a civil penalty if the check you have undertaken during this period was done in the prescribed manner or as set out in the COVID-19 adjusted checks guidance.”



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Housing minister to ‘monitor’ rise in landlords asking for rent up front

The government has promised to monitor the impact of landlords charging tenants up to six months’ rent ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - Housing minister to ‘monitor’ rise in landlords asking for rent up front | LandlordZONE.

Housing minister to ‘monitor’ rise in landlords asking for rent up front

The government has promised to monitor the impact of landlords charging tenants up to six months’ rent in advance.

MP Tan Dhesi raised the issue in Parliament by asking what plans it had to restrict the number of months’ rent landlords can request upfront and what assessment it had made of the effect on private tenants.

Under-Secretary for Housing, Eddie Hughes, said it was up to landlords and tenants to agree the amount of rent that should be charged and how much should be paid in advance, according to individual circumstances.

He said: “We do not expect it to be the norm that landlords ask for multiple months of rent in advance,” but he added: “We have not assessed the impact…but will continue to monitor this closely.”

, the UK’s largest guarantor service, says landlords need upfront rent as security against international students defaulting on their rent as during the past eight years it has seen thousands of them not even turn up for their tenancy. Group MD Jeremy Robinson (pictured) says the same goes for international working professionals who have no credit history.

He tells LandlordZONE: “Some landlords and letting agents will require a UK tenant to pay rent upfront, more often than not, this is no more than three months’ rent in advance.

“Such UK tenants must have failed a credit check and do not have a UK individual to stand as their guarantor. Companies like Housing Hand can provide a guarantor for both international and UK tenants.”

According to , of the 1750,000 properties it let last year, in 95% of cases, tenants had to provide one month’s rent upfront but of the 9,000 cases where more than one month was required, nearly a quarter asked for six months.

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