Landlords falling foul of Right to Rent obligations

Landlords falling foul of Right to Rent obligations

In the past two years, more than 400 landlords have been fined over failures to meet their Right to Rent obligations, a new report reveals.

First introduced in February 2016, the Right to Rent scheme requires landlords to carry out adequate ‘checks’ in order to determine whether potential tenants are legally allowed to live in the UK.

But since the scheme was phased in more than two years ago, some 405 landlords have fallen foul of the rules – and been handed hefty fines as a result, data from the Home Office reveals.

In the first few months of the scheme, compliance was poor, with 102 fines dished out to landlords by February 2017.

Later, fines began to snowball, with 264 handed out in 2017 as a whole and a further 39 issued between January and March 2018.

In total, the Home Office has collected more than £265,000 in Right to Rent fines since the scheme was first introduced, the report reveals.

Following the news, landlords are being warned to take greater care when carrying out background checks on their potential tenants – as the average fine is approximately £654 per investor.

In most instances, landlords are fined if they are found to have rented out a property to someone who is not legally allowed to live in the UK.

But those who are unable to prove that they have carried out a check can also find themselves fined at a later date, too, if they run into related complications and their checks are brought into question.