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Posted 15 January 2016
by Melanie Burton

Are you ready for the right to rent checks?

Since the 1 December 2014, Park owners in the West Midlands have been required to comply with the right to rent provisions contained in the Immigration Act 2014 (“the Act”). From 1 February 2016, the right to rent provisions will be extended to the whole of England.

From 1 February 2016, all park owners who rent a park home in England for residential purposes will be 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 will also be obliged to check that any occupier’s right to rent does not lapse during the length of the Agreement.

If a park owner fails to comply with the Act’s provisions they may be liable for a civil penalty of up to £3,000.

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).

To assist park owners in understanding their obligations the Home Office has published a guidance document which can be found at:

If you have any queries regarding the right to rent checks or if you are interested in subscribing to our Parklaw service contact the Parks team by telephone on 01392 207020 or email


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About the author

Melanie Burton

Partner & Chartered Legal Executive

A partner and Chartered Legal Executive within the holiday and residential parks team providing a wide range of advice to park owners