It is essential for all landlords to check that potential tenants have the Right to Rent. The following documents all serve as evidence of a tenant's right to live in the UK:
- UK passport
- European Economic Area passport or identity card
- Permanent residence card or travel document showing indefinite leave to remain
- Home Office immigration status document and a certificate of registration or naturalisation as a British citizen
Referencing is also a vital tool for any landlord – but simply collecting them is not enough. All too frequently landlords demand references only to let them sit in a drawer unopened. If you are going to take references, you need to make sure you follow them up. A simple phone call to an employer or other referee will be enough.
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