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Virtual Right to Rent Checks Extended

Posted on May 30th, 2021

The Home Office has extended the period in which landlords in England can carry out Right to Rent checks by video call by a further month to 20 June 2021.

In April 2021, the UK Government declared that Adjusted Checks carried out with applicants submitting scanned or photographed documents, would end on 16 May 2021. This date has now been pushed back, aligning it with other measures to ease restrictions in England. This revision allows an extra month of virtual checks.

The Home Office has dropped plans for all ‘Covid adjusted’ checks carried out since 20 March 2020, to be repeated with full in-person checks within eight weeks of temporary arrangements ending. Therefore, please note, if you did a virtual check during the Covid period, you do NOT need to carry out a repeated check in person when the measured end.

From 21 June 2021, all landlords will need to revert to in-person Right to Rent Checks in accord with the Code of Practice. The only exception to this will be applicants with a Home Office status who offer a digital share code.

For any Right to Rent queries, visit the gov.uk website or call the landlord helpline on 0300 790 6268.


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