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Right to rent tenant checks to roll out nationwide

29 May 2015

Right to rent tenant checks to roll out nationwideLandlords and letting agents will have to check their tenants right to rent buy to let homes as the scheme rolls out nationwide later this year.

Under the pilot right to rent scheme in the West Midlands, landlords and letting agents already have to inspect tenant visas and residence documents before granting them a tenancy.

A consultation looking at how the scheme has been working is underway, but in the Queen’s Speech at the State Opening of Parliament, the government announced right to rent will apply nationwide from later this year regardless of the findings.

Right to rent will also expand with new legal procedures making evictions of illegal immigrants easier for landlords as part of a new immigration bill.

The intention was laid out in just one paragraph of 103 pages of guidance notes explaining the 21 draft bills announced in the speech destined to become law later this year.

Notably missing from the speech was an expected widely measure to set up a national landlord register for England.

Whether a register will be set up is still a matter of confusion.

Housing Minister recently said no new landlord regulation was expected this year but a few days after the statement, Cameron indicated that more landlord regulation was on the way in a speech.

Now, until more information is released, no one knows whether Lewis was right and Cameron was referring to right to rent or if one of several housing and local government bills included in the speech may cover setting up a register.

Other Queen’s Speech announcements included:

• Confirmations of a European Union referendum bill asking for a simple yes or no vote on whether Britain should remain in Europe

• A tax lock pegging rates for income tax VAT and national insurance contribution for five years

• Proposals to raise the personal income tax allowance to at least £12,500 by 2020

• Reinforcing the State pension triple lock which determines the annual rise in the payment

Chancellor George Osborne’s mini Budget on July 8 is expected to give more information on proposed tax changes.