Important Changes
to Right to Rent

On-demand Masterclass
Recorded on 20 October, 2020

MC-19 Right to Rent speakers

The UK government relaxed Right to Rent checks on 30 March 2020 and introduced a digital process in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. While virtual checks via video conferencing tools and digitised documents are allowed, temporarily, there are compliance steps you must take in the future to stay on the right side of the rules.

On top of these, some more changes to The Immigration (Residential Accommodation) (Prescribed Requirements and Codes of Practice) Order 2014 will come into effect on 2 November 2020. In a matter of days, a new online Right to Rent checks system will be introduced and the Right to Rent regime for B5JSSK nationals will also be altered. These are people with nationalities from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore and South Korea. 

Tune in to this masterclass where Right to Rent expert, Gareth Fowler, MD at Keysafe and regulatory law specialist, David Smith, Partner at JMW Solicitors discussed the details of these changes with Rajeev Nayyar, MD of Fixflo.


  1. Changes to Right to Rent and how these could affect you
  2. Important considerations for virtual checks
  3. Right to Rent and possession claims


Disclaimer: All content presented in this webinar is intended for general information purposes only and should not be considered as legal advice or official guidance.



Gareth Fowler Speaker

Gareth founded Keysafe in 2000 and has been managing director for the past 15 years.

A long-time advocate for confirming tenants’immigration status as part of mitigating landlord risk, Gareth was involved with ARLA training of agents for the Right to Rent pilot scheme in the West Midlands which the Home Office declared a resounding success.

Under Gareth’s stewardship, Keysafe has performed well above expectations – pioneering new approaches to tenant vetting, and attracting a roster of demanding, nationally-recognised clients. Many long-standing customer relationships have been built on the back of Gareth’s commitment to delivering outstanding service and friendly, expert advice.

Over the years, Gareth has become a well-known and respected figure in the letting industry, and is a regular speaker at industry events – especially on the subject of tenant immigration checks and landlord duties under Right to Rent.


David Smith Speaker

David specialises in residential property rights and agency and has experience of a wide range of property litigation. He is particularly well known for his work in:

  • Agent terms of business and other contracts;
  • Tenancy agreements and licences;
  • Consumer protection and rights;
  • Agent regulation including Client Money Protection, data protection and anti-money laundering;
  • Landlord regulation including deposit protection and property licensing;
  • Welsh law;
  • Public affairs and political representation;
  • Mediation representation.

David has written or contributed to a number of books and journal articles on these topics and is highly sought after as a speaker and lecturer.