Once the regulation comes into force, landlords will be legally obliged to check the immigration status of any new tenants moving into their properties. The checks will only need to be carried out on existing renters when their tenancy agreement is due for renewal.
In most cases, the process will involve the potential tenant simply showing their passport or biometric residence permit and a permanent copy of this being made. Should a landlord be discovered to have rented to someone with no legal right to live in the UK, they will face a fine of £1,000 per illegal tenant, with this rising to £3,000 if the individual in question has previously been in breach of the regulation within the past three years. Full details of the Right to Rent scheme can be found here.