Right to Rent: Important Changes

Mark ShiptonLandlord news, Property market news

From 6th April 2022, landlords and their agents will be able to use a certified Identity Service Provider (IDSP) to check the identity and eligibility of British and Irish citizens looking to rent a property in England.

The UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) have been given the job of selecting companies who will be responsible for validating the identity of an applicant on behalf of a landlord.

The providers must meet the requirements of the UK Digital Identity Attributes Trust Framework and be able to show they have suitable structures and procedures in place to keep prospective tenants’ information stored securely.

Landlords will need to provide the chosen IDSP with the following information to carry out the check:

  • The full name of the prospective tenant
  • Their date of birth
  • An image of the biometric page in their identification
  • A photo of them

Although IDSPs will carry out the right to rent check, landlords and their agents will continue to be responsible for ensuring the check takes place with a certified provider. The result documentation will need to be kept for at least one year after the tenancy ends to avoid the risk of possible fines for non-compliance.