Right To Rent

To rent a property in England you must be able to show proof of your right to rent.

British and Irish Citizens

If you are a British or Irish citizen you have unlimited right to rent in the UK.  You can provide a current or expired passport to prove your right to rent.  If you do not hold a passport you can provider a valid UK driving licence & a UK birth certificate.

You can prove you have the Right to rent through a share code. You use a share code to prove you have the Right to rent through the Government.

The Government website is www.gov.co.uk/prove-right-to-rent you go on the site and you can share your details of your Right to rent in England including how long you can rent for.

You can use the service is you have;

  1. A biometric residence card or permit.
  2. Settled or pre-settle status
  3. You have applied for a visa and used UK immigration; ID check app to scan your identify document on your phone.

If you do not have these documents the Government website we have linked above provides you with other documents you can use.

In order to prove your Right to rent online you will need your date of birth, biometric residence permit, biometric card, passport or nationality ID card.

You then use through the click through site of the Government and they will then provide you with a share code. We would need this as Harringtons Lettings including your date of birth in order to use the share code to show you have the Right to rent.

Landlords/letting agents have to use the Government website to check the tenants right to rent in England. This can be done by landlord, agent or tenant subletting with the landlords permission.

The tenant needs to provide this and it can be used if the tenant has a biometric resident card or permit, has settled or pre-settled status and has applied for a visa.

We then go onto the site, use the tenants date of birth and the share code.

You can apply to the EU settlement scheme for settled or pre-settled status.

These could be either;

  1. Settled status.

Usually where you have lived in the UK for continuous 5 years.

  1. Pre-settled status.

You will not be asked to choose which one you are applying for. Which status you get usually depends on how long you have been living in the United Kingdom.

You may be able to offer settle status before you have 5 year continuous residence.

There are various ways this is worked out by the Government and you should read through their website in this regard.

From the 1st October 2022 we have to ensure that you have the Right to rent by obtaining the following;

  • Copies of your documents.
  • Using an online right to rent checking service
  • Contacting digital identify provider.

Who has the right to rent?

You have the right to rent if you are any of the following;

  • British or Irish citizen
  • You have an indefinite leave to remain
  • You have a refugee status or humanitarian protection
  • Having settled or pre-settled status under EU settlement scheme
  • You have permission to be in the UK for example on work or student visa
  • The home office has granted you a limited time to right to rent
  • If you have fled in the Ukraine War
  • If you are an asylum seeker. You do not normally have the right to rent but you get housing through the asylum seeker support system.

There are various documents you may need to provide us with in order to carry out this right to rent.

EU Citizens

If you are from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein you must provide a share code of your settlement status from the government’s website in order to prove your right to rent.

If you have settled or pre-settled status or applied for a visa and used the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app to scan your identity document on your phone, please visit https://www.gov.uk/ to obtain your share code

You will need:

  • details of the identity document you used when you applied (your passport, national identity card, or biometric residence card or permit)
  • your date of birth
  • access to the mobile number or email address you used when you applied – you’ll be sent a code for logging in

Then follow the below steps to obtain your share code:

  • In the search bar type in ‘right to rent’
  • Select ‘View and prove your immigration status’ (eleventh option down)
  • Start now

Non EU Citizens

You must provide a share code from the government’s website in order to prove your right to rent.  We cannot accept physical copies of biometric immigration documents (current or expired) issued by the Home Office.  This includes Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) and Biometric Residence Cards (BRCs).

Please visit https://www.gov.uk/ to obtain your share code.  You will need your date of birth and details of one of the following:

  • your biometric residence permit
  • your biometric residence card
  • your passport or national identity card

Then follow the below steps to obtain your share code:

  • In the search bar type in ‘right to rent’
  • Select ‘Prove your right to rent in England’ (third option down)
  • Start now
  • Answer the questions that relate to your immigration status

If you have any questions regarding your UK Visa and Immigration status including your settlement status, you can contact UKVI.  Please visit the below link and follow the steps to obtain a contact telephone number.


We cannot move you into the property without the correct documents being provided and the right to rent provisions being passed.

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17:30 22 Feb 24
Have been very accommodating and helpful when calling agents. They have been very helpful in being able to secure a house for students.
16:42 21 Feb 24
Went above and beyond to get things sorted for me
Brittany Stace
Brittany Stace
11:18 24 Jan 24
Harringtons have been incredibly helpful and supportive of us as new renters and they have been super efficient in getting all of the documents sent through and signed in such a short period of time. Thank you!
Georgie Prebble
Georgie Prebble
20:36 05 Jan 24
Jade Innes
Jade Innes
10:24 04 Jan 24
So far the service has been good. The staff are very friendly and quick to respond to any questions and requests.
Polly Smith
Polly Smith
11:17 28 Dec 23
we chose this letting agents as they chose a good bills company that is much cheaper than other agents. When viewing houses the staff were very friendly and have been very helpful in answering our questions and making the process as easy as possible.
Emma Howe
Emma Howe
16:06 14 Nov 23
I would rate Harringtons Lettings a 5/5. Very lovely on the phone and very quick and easy to communicate with via email. Any problems have been resolved in no time at all. So far so good!I found Harringtons via Rightmove.
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Akwisitions Feedback
16:25 30 Oct 23
Very responsive and super helpful throughout the process. Highly recommended!
Chloe Ballard
Chloe Ballard
17:28 02 Oct 23
Although I have only been renting with Harringtons for a short period of time, I have had nothing but a positive experience. From viewing to admin updates. The admin team especially are very polite and quick to respond and I have no doubt that the rest of my tenancy will run smoothly. I would recommend to anyone considering renting in brighton.
Matthew Ball
Matthew Ball
11:46 19 Sep 23
Professional communication with tenant although entirely impersonal. There was a bigger disconnect in their communication with the landlord in most cases, which seemed to be either slow or non-existent (discovered after contacting the landlord directly).Property was full of spider webs on day 1 despite apparently being professionally cleaned. Took a day off of work to clean it on move out day, leaving it cleaner than when it received but still had to pay part of the deposit for professional cleaning.It has been a while since I have rented, but I'll avoid letting agencies completely now if this is anything close to the average renting experience.
Ronan SK
Ronan SK
12:38 12 Sep 23
Great professionalism/communciation from the start up until the end of my tenancy. Definitely set the standards for what agencies should be like. Highly recommend to those within Brighton.
Daniel Sutton
Daniel Sutton
10:29 24 Aug 23
I have rented with Harringtons Lettings before and have always found the agents to be quick, efficient, friendly and helpful. I loved their service so much I have chosen to rent with Harringtons again. Faultless 😊
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