All potential tenants must provide the required documentation to prove they have a right to rent in the UK. Right to rent checks are also needed for those entering into a lodger agreement with a resident landlord.
Right to rent checks are only required if your tenancy/lodger agreement (in Colchester) started on or after 1st February 2016 (there are other dates applicable if you rent in other parts of the UK).
A landlord cannot rent a room/property if you are unable to show you have the right to rent. All adults living in the property will need to prove they also have the right to rent, this includes partners, grown-up children etc. Guests, whose main home is elsewhere and who don’t pay you any rent do not need to be checked. Children under the age of 18 do not need to be checked, however, the landlord or letting agent may wish to see proof that any children are under the age of 18.