'Valid' immigration permission means that your leave has not expired, please note that if your current visa has expired but you have made an in time application to extend it, then you have Section 3C leave until a decision is made. This means that you remain legally resident in the UK.
Right To Rent
In England, landlords are required to check their tenants' immigration status before granting a tenancy agreement. This will apply to all students who are renting in the private sector. University owned & nominated accommodation is exempt. Some private 'student halls of residence' will also be exempt.
You will not be subject to a right to rent check if any of the following points apply to you:
If you are subject to a right to rent check then your landlord, (or the property agent if you are not dealing directly with your landlord), will need to see original evidence of your right to be in the UK:
If your documents are with the Home Office, as part of an ongoing immigration application, then you should give your Home Office reference number to your landlord your so they can verify this with the Home Office.
If you have difficulty providing the above documents then you can provide your landlord with a combination of other documents as evidence of your right to rent, such as a current UK driving licence and a student status certificate. See section 5.2. of the Home Office's guide for landlords for a full list of acceptable documents.
Your landlord should take a copy of these documents and return the originals to you. If you arrange your accommodation before you arrive in the UK then your landlord will need to check your right to rent before you move into the property. If you cannot provide the required evidence of your immigration permission, the landlord may not allow you to move in. A right to rent check cannot be carried out more than 28 days before you enter into a tenancy agreement with your landlord.
If you have limited immigration permission to be in the UK then your landlord must check your immigration permission again after 12 months, or before your immigration permission expires, whichever is later. You do not need to show that you have leave to remain for the full duration of the tenancy just that you have a valid immigration status when the right to rent check is carried out. Some landlords seem to be confused about this and we have heard of people being refused tenancies on this basis. Please contact us for further advice if you encounter this problem.
If your right to rent expires, for example if you become an overstayer, then your landlord will report this to the Home Office. Your landlord is not required to evict you but the Home Office may take action against you.
Landlords can be fined £3000 if they rent to someone without immigration permission to be in the UK, so they could be reluctant to let to people if there is any doubt about their immigration status. It is illegal to discriminate against you based on race, nationality, gender or sexual orientation.If you have any questions or concerns about the’ right to rent’ checks or finding private sector accommodation, then please contact the Student Advice Centre via firstname.lastname@example.org and also visit the University’s private sector accommodation website.