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The Home Office’s latest Code of Practice for Landlords updated in January 2016 gives guidance on conducting 'right to rent' checks. It states that landlords can avoid liability for a penalty by making, or arranging for an agent to make, simple documentary checks to establish a person's 'right to rent' before entering into a tenancy agreement. However it must be clear that the responsibility rests with the agent and not with the landlord. Indeed the law states that unless it is recorded in writing that the agent is now responsible, the responsibility rests with the landlord.

Existing tenants with an agreement that started before 1 December 2014, or renewals of those tenancies after this date, aren't affected as long as any renewed agreement is between the same people and there's no break in the tenancy.

The rules apply to private rented accommodation and a range of residential agreements that require payment of rent. These include tenancies, leases of less than seven years, licences (lodgers who "rent a room" often have licence agreements) and sub-tenancies or sub-leases.

Government ministers have suggested that the new measures mean landlords will be able to end tenancies, sometimes without a court order. However, the fact remains that in most cases where there are tenants who refuse to move out the case will still have to go to court.

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