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  • Tenant Referencing

    Right to Rent check for International Student

    Hi All

    Just been doing some reading and investigation on the Right to Rent check process. I've never had an international student as a tenant or had to deal with them. However, I couldn't find anywhere on the Internet on how Landlords deal with students that are outside the EU. Let me present an example:

    You have an enquiry from an International student from outside of EU. So this person will have a passport but will not have any immigration stamps on their passport to supply because they are not coming into the country for several more weeks/months (i.e. until the next academic year). However they want to try and secure a room - how do Landlords manage that because if they take a holding fee then it needs to be secured within a limited timeframe or returned.

    I don't think this is probably limited to students either. Lets say someone gets a contract offer in 4 months to join a UK company but they won't have any Visa's granted or anything on their passport with an immigration stamp - How do landlords try and adhere to the Right to Rent checks when trying to start drawing up the tenancy agreement?

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    Saagar

    Disclaimer: I have no legal expertise nor am I a qualified advisor on any subject. A humble landlord using an open forum to exchange ideas and experiences. 

    Letter of confirmation from Uni (original) is about all you can ask to see.
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    That's what I thought first as well. However if the person is abroad then they are unlikely to send you the original documents through post to a landlord/person they've never actually met.

    Similarly the Right to Rent says that you also have to see the original passport at some point. Got me thinking that they're not going to send that to me. It's a catch 22 because how much into the journey should the landlord go with the prospective tenant without seeing the original documents. Wouldn't want to waste loads of time working with the tenant then they land in the country and you're trying to rush into getting the tenancy agreement signed etc. 

    Ideally you want all the deposit and tenancy agreement prepped and signed before they arrive into the country. However if you haven't seen the original documents as part of right to rent then you wouldn't want to do the latter stages of the tenancy process. 

    Really struggling to see how people manage international students or people that come with work permits from non-EU countries.
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    Saagar

    Disclaimer: I have no legal expertise nor am I a qualified advisor on any subject. A humble landlord using an open forum to exchange ideas and experiences. 

    Contact the university accommodation  department and ask them how this is normally managed. You won't be the first to ask this question.
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