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Hi all,

I am a EEA national with unlimited right to live, work and rent in the UK. I do understand there is a new law that came into effect in Feb this year and I am happy for my letting agent to do necessary Right to Rent checks. However, they want to charge us £35 for sending a copy of our passports to a referencing agency. I strongly disagree with paying an unnecessary fee. I spoke to Home Office and Shelter, did an extensive research online and it is clear that it is enough for agents/landlords to simply see a document in the owner’s presence, make a copy and keep it in a file. I have been trying hard to put that view across to the agent but at the end they said we must comply and pay this fee if we want to be considered for renewing our contract (at the end of this month). I am so frustrated! Did anyone have similar experience? How do fight this? Please advise!

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Unfortunately the Agents/Landlords can charge whatever they like when renewing or signing new contracts. It is ofcourse law now for them to ensure the correct right to rent documents are provided and in some cases they may outsource this to an indepenant company who carry out right to rent checks, the cost of which may be passed onto the tenant / applicant.

You really only have three option here:

1) Pay the charge and renew your tenancy.

2) Do not pay the charge and hand in your one months notice to vacate.

3) Do not renew the tenancy which will then automatically roll onto a periodic tenancy, the agent/landlord must then serve you with a section 21 notice to vacate (this gives you two months to vacate) if they want you to leave.

Hope this helps.


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