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Landlords' duty to check immigration status

Landlords are required by law to check a person's immigration status. 

If you have been asked to provide evidence of your right to enter into a tenancy agreement, the Immigration Advice Service can support you.

Landlord checks

The Immigration Act 2014 states that landlords have a duty to check a person’s immigration status.

A landlord may be fined up to £3,000 per adult if they cannot evidence that their tenant is legally in the UK (social housing, convents, monasteries, care homes and refuges are exempt from these requirements).

You may be asked to provide evidence every time your tenancy agreement is renewed, alternatively your landlord may write to you on a fixed term basis to request up to date confirmation of your status in the UK.

Your landlord can also use the Home Office checking service.

RCN support

Our Immigration Advice Service is here to support and assist RCN members who are required to produce evidence of their right to enter into a tenancy agreement.

We can prepare a letter of support which confirms your legal status in the UK. If you would like assistance with this please contact us via RCN Direct.

You will need to provide us with:

  • the date you came into the UK
  • the date you renewed and were granted any visas
  • confirmation of any outstanding applications you have made (Recorded Delivery number)
  • copy of your passport, current and expired visas
  • emails and/or letters from your employer confirming you are working under the terms of your visa (if appropriate)