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How To Rent To International Students in Stoke-on-Trent

Posted on Tuesday, October 5, 2021

How To Rent To International Students in Stoke-on-Trent

Renting to students can be very profitable, especially when it comes to international students as they tend to pay upfront. The UK is the second most popular global destination for international students after the US. If you're thinking of renting to international students, this guide will tell you what you need to know.

Right-to-rent checks 

As a landlord it is your legal duty to check your tenant's immigration status to make sure that they have a right to reside in the UK.

You will need to see their student visa and a letter from their university confirming they will be studying there. It is also your obligation to check these documents are genuine. Make sure you take a copy of each document and record the date when you checked. 

What if the tenant can't produce the right document/s?

Sometimes a tenant may not be able to produce the right documents, or maybe struggling to find them. That doesn't always mean they don't have a right to reside. You can use the governments landlord's checking service to make sure the tenant has a right to reside.

What is the tenant only has a 'time-limites right to rent'?

You may discover that the tenant only has a right to reside for a limited time. In this case you must do another check either 12 months after the first check or just before the deadline.  If your follow-up checks reveal that the tenant no longer has a right to reside you must notify the Home Office.

What happens if you don't comply?

If you fail to make the correct checks and you end up renting to someone who is not legally allowed to be in the UK then you can receive an unlimited fine or even worse be sent to prison!

Protecting your income

Overseas students can be difficult to reference. They tend not to have any credit history, no previous references from landlords and also won't have a guarantor that lives in the UK. Because of this when renting to international students it is common practise to ask for the rent 6 or 12 months upfront.

Quality of accommodation

International students are often from wealthy backgrounds and can afford high-quality accommodation. Ensure your property is modern and up to scratch.