The Home Office has published new guidance on how to deliver Right to Rent checks following the end of the grace period created by the EU Withdrawal Agreement.
From 1 July 2021, the majority of EEA citizens will prove their Right to Rent using the Home Office online checking service. Those who have made a successful application to the EU Settlement Scheme will have been provided with digital evidence of their immigration status.
Individuals will be able to provide a share code and their date of birth which will enable us to check their Home Office immigration status via a real time online service.
Landlords and Agents will be able to create a statutory excuse against liability for a civil penalty by carrying out the check using the Home Office online service. Where an EEA citizen has been granted ‘Settled Status’ by the Home Office, they will have a continuous Right to Rent, in the same way as someone with Indefinite Leave to Remain.
Where an EEA citizen has been granted ‘Pre-Settled Status’ by the Home Office, they will have a time-limited Right to Rent, requiring a follow-up check. The Home Office online service will advise when a follow-up check must be carried out.
Irish Citizens will continue to have the right to rent and therefore usual face to face passport checks will be sufficient.