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Do I still have to meet tenants in person to perform a right to rent check?

Landlords are required by law to conduct a right to rent check that involves meeting the adult occupiers of their property in person before the tenancy is signed. During this meeting, they must check that all adult occupiers have a right to rent in England.

The Government has temporarily amended the right to rent rules so that landlords can:

  • Ask the tenant to submit a scanned copy or a photo of their original documents electronically.
  • Video call the tenant and ask them to hold up the original documents while the landlord checks them against the digital copy sent to them.
  • Record the date the check was made and mark it as “an adjusted check has been undertaken on [date] due to COVID-19”

Checks performed in this way will have to be followed up by later check in-person to ensure they are compliant.