Right to Rent: A year in numbers

A year into Right to Rent, what are the figures for one of the most controversial schemes in the UK lettings industry?

On February 1st 2016, there were many confused landlords and letting agents as one of the most controversial schemes to hit the industry went live.

With letting agents and landlords taking control of the immigration checks on tenants, Right to Rent became the talk of the town, and since then barely a day has gone by when it hasn’t cropped up in the news – whether it’s stricter penalties, protests or general confusion.

91 landlords have faced civil penalties for failing to carry out the Right to Rent checks.

Landlords have been fined nearly £30,000 since February 2016.

Nearly 670 enquiries were made by the Home Office checking service.

31 people have been deported as a result of the scheme.

According to research by the RLA, 63% of landlords are still afraid of making a mistake when checking documents for Right to Rent.

In the same survey, 43% of landlords said they would be less likely to rent to someone without a British passport for fear of getting the check wrong.

Only 24% of landlords surveyed in URBAN’s Legal Landlord Survey 2017 knew the correct penalty for failing to carry out a Right to Rent check.

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