Landlords are not required to see original documents during the coronavirus outbreak

Landlords can now accept scans or photos of original documents and carry out right to rent checks electronically using video calls.

The lettings market reopened this month and people are now free to move in and out of properties as long as social distancing guidelines are being followed.

Checks have been temporarily adapted to make it easier to carry them out during the coronavirus outbreak. Landlords are not required to see original original documents or the tenant in person.

Government guidance states that the check should be recorded and marked with the following wording: “an adjusted check has been undertaken on [insert date] due to COVID-19”.

If the tenant does not have the right documents you must contact the Landlord’s Checking Service.

Some individuals will be unable to evident their right to rent due to covid-19. You must take extra care not to discriminate against anyone who is struggling to evidence their right to rent.

These measures are temporary

Retrospective checks should be carried out on new and existing tenants when the measures end.

Retrospective checks should be marked with: “the individual’s tenancy agreement commenced on [insert date]. The prescribed right to rent check was undertaken on [insert date] due to COVID-19.” These must be carried out within 8 weeks of the covid-19 measures ending.

For more information please see the latest Government guidance here.