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Coronavirus: changes to Right to Rent checks

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Landlords and employers not required to see original documents during coronavirus outbreak.

Right to rent and right to work checks have been adapted to make it easier for landlords and employers to carry them out during the coronavirus outbreak, the Home Secretary announced today (Monday 30 March).

Effective immediately, the temporary changes will mean the Home Office will not require landlords and employers to see original documents and will allow checks to be undertaken over video calls.

These temporary changes will mean that during the coronavirus outbreak prospective renters and workers are now able to submit scanned documents, rather than originals, to show they have a right to rent or right to work.

Checks continue to be necessary and it is an offence to knowingly employ or let property to anyone who does not have legal immigration status in the UK.

If a prospective or existing tenant or employee cannot provide any of the accepted documents, the landlord or employer should use the Landlord Checking Service or Employer Checking Service.