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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Right to rent and Brexit

Advice for landlords in Northern Ireland

This page is for landlords operating in Northern Ireland.  You can find advice for tenants elsewhere on our website. Private landlords in Northern Ireland can call Landlord Advice on 028 9024 5640 and choose option 5. 

Landlords may be worried that they could get into trouble if they rent to people who don't have permission to live in the UK. This is because of a law that applies in England and which is often referred to as "right to rent checks". 

Does Brexit change the rules for renting to European tenants?

No. Legally, you do not need to change your approach to renting to European tenants because the UK leaves the EU.

What about the “right to rent”?

The “right to rent” is a policy in England that makes it criminal offence to rent a property to someone who doesn’t have permission to live in the UK.

This doesn’t apply to landlords in Northern Ireland. You can’t get in trouble for renting a property to someone who is here “illegally”.  The High Court ruled that the scheme would have to be significantly changed before it could be rolled out in Northern Ireland.

You can’t ask potential tenants who are EU nationals to provide evidence of their nationality or of their right to live in the UK unless you also ask this of every other potential tenant.