The Home Office is working on changes to Right to Rent checks carried out by landlords and agents working in England, in preparation for a digital system that moves away from hard copy documents and promises to reduce room for human error.
Adjusted checks, delivered by video call rather than in-person and based on a scanned copy or photo of the original document, were introduced during the early days of COVID-19 and will now remain valid through to 30 September 2022.
At the start of the year, plans were announced for permanent remote checks using Identification Document Validation Technology (IDVT) with the intention to have this in place by April. However, this has now been pushed back to September to allow time for businesses to adapt to the changes.
Right to Rent checks remain firmly in place and the absence of compliant evidence of a check still threatens those responsible with a significant civil penalty, most notably where immigration enforcement services locate illegal workers and investigate their accommodation.