EU citizen’s Right to rent in the UK?

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15:29 PM, 4th May 2021
About A week ago

EU citizen’s Right to rent in the UK?

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EU citizen’s Right to rent in the UK?

Does an EU citizen who arrived in this country six months ago have the right to rent a property without having settled or pre settled status?

Advice from our agent who, of course, has an interest in placing this tenant, appears to conflict with what we are reading on Gov.UK web sites. Our understanding is that landlords cannot delegate legal liability to their agents and we need to ensure that we act in accordance with the law

Any clarification would be much appreciated

Thank you

Trisha

Editor Note from >> https://www.gov.uk/check-tenant-right-to-rent-documents/how-to-check

Checking EUEEA and Swiss citizens

Right to rent checks continue in the same way as now until 30 June 2021 for citizens of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

Continue checking their passport or national identity card as before. For family members of EUEEA or Swiss citizens, follow the usual guidance for documents you can accept for right to rent checks.

It’s against the law to ask EUEEA or Swiss citizens to show that they have settled status or pre-settled status when starting a new tenancy.

You will not need to make retrospective checks for existing tenants from 2021.

Comments

Neil Patterson

15:31 PM, 4th May 2021
About A week ago

Hi Trisha,

Please see my editor note in the above article which I hope helps 🙂

Trisha Gardiner

9:45 AM, 5th May 2021
About A week ago

All clear and sorted now. Many thanks for your help!

Luke P

11:16 AM, 5th May 2021
About A week ago

As we’re fast approaching the 30th June, dare I ask what happens beyond then?

terry sullivan

12:32 PM, 5th May 2021
About A week ago

eu has no citizens

Whiteskifreak Surrey

14:09 PM, 5th May 2021
About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by terry sullivan at 05/05/2021 - 12:32
I would argue with that, as their passport state both European Union and their country name.
If in doubt check your old passport.
As usual brexs**t first, then think what to do with a problem.
The estate agent who we were forced to use at the moment says that the lack of EU renters has a devastating effect for them and the landlords, there is a surplus of properties on the market.
Whoever voted for that - you can self-congratulate yourself.

SimonR

17:18 PM, 5th May 2021
About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by Whiteskifreak Surrey at 05/05/2021 - 14:09
Really then I suggest you get a different agent, properties where i live and surrounding towns are generally let with in 24 hours so the lack of EU citizens hasn't made a blind bit of difference to the market. There most definitely isn't a surplus of available properties, quite the opposite in fact.

Whiteskifreak Surrey

17:31 PM, 5th May 2021
About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by SimonR at 05/05/2021 - 17:18
Welcome to the University of Surrey place - 176 properties to rent. All would have been normally be let in March.
The Agent we use was talking generally, of course students from the EU will not come anymore, they rather study in the EU (Erasmus). That is already a factor here, and I know that from the UniS' professor.
In any case we would rather sell than rent to a family who will stop paying rent.
https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-to-rent/find.html?locationIdentifier=POSTCODE%5E352173&maxBedrooms=4&minBedrooms=4&maxPrice=2500&minPrice=1750&radius=1.0&sortType=1&propertyTypes=&mustHave=&dontShow=&furnishTypes=&keywords=

Beaver

18:57 PM, 5th May 2021
About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by Whiteskifreak Surrey at 05/05/2021 - 17:31
On "Welcome to the University of Surrey place - 176 properties to rent. All would have been normally be let in March."

Surely that's the Covid effect, not the Brexit effect. A lot of students went off to university, had to pay £9K a year plus their accommodation fees and were then obliged to study online. One of my nephews ditched his university accommodation and just went home: He was studying online anyway, no face-to-face tuition; little contact with other students as most had gone home; for the very rare occasions when he needed to be at university he went by train; he worked out that it was actually cheaper to pay the train fare (cheap for students) and pay for a hotel on the odd occasion he needed to be the university overnight.

University students got a pretty rough deal out of the response to Covid. Not surprising they didn't bother with their accommodation.

terry sullivan

19:19 PM, 5th May 2021
About A week ago

students should sue for return of fees

LaLo

19:24 PM, 5th May 2021
About A week ago

If you're not happy - stick to what you know as it's not worth the worry/stress!

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