From 1 December 2014, a number of landlords will need to check that someone has the right to live in the UK before letting a property to them. This includes taking in lodgers or sub-letting a property. The ‘right to rent’ checks apply to:
- landlords in Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton
- all adults aged 18 and over living at the property
- new tenancy agreements starting on or after 1 December 2014.
If you let a property after this date to someone who doesn’t have the right to live in the UK, you could be fined up to £3,000.
(article by ACCA)