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Right to rent document checks

Accelerate tenant screening with online document validation

From the 1st February 2016, all letting agents and landlords must perform document checks to establish that a tenant or lodger can legally rent residential property in England inline with the Immigration Act 2014.

Confirming the immigration status of prospective tenants and their right to reside in the UK must be completed within 28 days before the start of a new tenancy or risk fines of up to £3,000.

The three steps to make a right to rent check are as follows:

  • Obtain a prospective tenant’s original acceptable document that allows them to live in the UK
  • Check the document and its validity with the tenant present
  • Maintain an audit trail, making a copy of the document and record the date of the check

Validate and authenticate documents online and maintain a paperless audit trail with LexisNexis® IDU®.

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Validate and authenticate documents instantly with LexisNexis® IDU®

Checking a document’s validity in the presence of the holder, whilst upholding high levels of customer service, can be a delicate task and one which requires a quick and reliable solution. LexisNexis IDU allows businesses to screen paper based documents instantly via an online interface, confirming the validity and authenticity of the document with the option of verifying a prospective tenant’s identity. This electronic method also provides an efficient audit trail, making it easy to record the date and type of check carried out.

The following identity related documents are listed by the home office as acceptable documentation to check and can be screened online via IDU which offers two different forms of document assessment and can be linked back to your own bespoke scorecard:

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Authenticate documents on a stand-alone basis or as part of a full IDU check

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Real-time authentication of over 3,000 global ID documents

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Conduct document checks face-to-face or remotely

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Gain additional confidence from a multi-layered approach to identity screening

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To find out more about the document assessment features available in LexisNexis® IDU® please call 029 2067 8555 or complete the form and we will be in touch shortly to discuss your requirements…

* Some restrictions apply – TD1 documents only
^ Identity documents are regularly updated by their issuing authorities and whilst we endeavour to account for such changes as swiftly as possible, the coverage of identity documents the system is able to authenticate will fluctuate from time to time.
Due to the nature of the origin of public record information, the public records and commercially available data sources used in reports may contain errors. Source data is sometimes reported or entered inaccurately, processed poorly or incorrectly, and is generally not free from defect. This product or service aggregates and reports data, as provided by the public records and commercially available data sources, and is not the source of the data, nor is it a comprehensive compilation of the data. Before relying on any data, it should be independently verified. The Document Authentication feature in LexisNexis IDU requires you provide a good quality image in order to be able to authenticate an identity document. End users are responsible for ensuring the quality of the image provided, and LexisNexis Risk Solutions takes no responsibility for the image quality.
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IDU calls upon multiple credit bureaus to add greater depth and extended coverage to your identity checks.
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IDU has a variety of applications. It can be utilised for AML compliance, screening identities for fraud prevention purposes and highlighting financial risk.
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