Virtual Right to Rent checks by landlords are now permitted until a new extended deadline of 5 April 2022.

The is U-turn by the Home office follows previous extensions of deadlines that were set in May 2021, June 2021, and most recently the end of this month, August 2021.

Virtual Right to Rent checks were introduced in March 2020 to replace face to face meetings with applicants. Until the new deadline of April 5 2022, landlords and agents can complete Right to Rent checks as follows:

  • Remote identity checks can be carried out over video calls.
  • Applicants can send scanned documents or a photo of documents for checks using email or a mobile app, rather than sending originals.
  • Landlords should use the Home Office Landlord Checking Service if a prospective or existing tenant cannot provide any of the accepted documents.

The Home Office states: “We have made the decision to defer the date following the positive feedback we received about the ability to conduct checks remotely. We initiated a review of the availability of specialist technology to support a system of digital Right to Rent checks in the future.

 “The intention is to introduce a new digital solution to include many who are unable to use the Home Office online checking service, including UK and Irish citizens.”

“This will enable checks to continue to be conducted remotely but with enhanced security.”

“Deferring the end date of the adjusted checks to April 5 2022 ensures the Right to Rent Scheme continues to operate in a manner which supports landlords and letting agents, whilst we look to implement a long-term, post-pandemic solution.”