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Posted 26 February 2016
by Melanie Burton

Right to Rent Checks: New Government Guidance

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Since 1 February 2016, all park owners who rent a park home in England for residential purposes have been required to carry out a right to rent check on all adult occupiers before entering any tenancy agreement which is for a period of less than seven years.

Park owners have also been obliged to check that any occupier’s right to rent does not lapse during the length of the Agreement.

To assist park owners in understanding and complying with their obligations the Government have published various guidance documents which includes:

Guidance on the type of documentation a park owner may accept when carrying out a right to rent check, together with how the documentation should be checked. This guidance can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/497242/Right_to_Rent_Document_Checks_-_a_User_Guide.pdf

Guidance on how a Park owner can avoid unlawfully discriminating against any prospective or current tenants when carrying out the right to rent check. This guidance can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/376789/Code_of_Practice_for_Landlords__web_.pdf

It is important to note that the Act’s provisions do not apply to agreements which are subject to the Mobile Homes Act 1983, as amended.

If you have any queries regarding the right to rent checks, are interested in subscribing to our Parklaw service or any holiday park home legal advice contact the Parks team by telephone on 01392 207020 or email parks@tozers.co.uk

 

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About the author

Melanie Burton

Associate

An associate within the holiday and residential parks team providing a wide range of advice to park owners