The scheme requires landlords and agents who are letting property in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) to conduct document checks to ensure that prospective tenants have a right to live in the UK. The Right to Rent scheme is being introduced across the UK in a phased manner. The scheme was rolled out across England on 1 February 2016 and the UK Government is committed to extending the scheme across the rest of the UK in the near future (although no dates for further roll out have yet been made public).
According to Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill MP, a total of 91 landlords have been issued with civil penalties since the scheme was rolled out in England. These landlords have been fined a total of almost £30,000 for breaching the legislation, with 667 enquiries made to the Home Office’s landlord checking service, specifically regarding tenants without the right to rent.
According to Home Office records, in the first eight months of the scheme 654 individuals came to their attention as a direct or indirect result of the scheme. Of these individuals, 31 were removed from the UK over the same period.