European Tenants?

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11:26 AM, 9th November 2020
About 3 weeks ago

European Tenants?

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European Tenants?

Hi, I have a number of European tenants and was wondering what is likely to happen if we leave Europe without a deal. I keep seeing adverts on TV about getting your business ready for Jan 01 -21.

Are their rights likely to change and possibly have to leave the country within a required timescale and what if they are in an AST that overruns that timescale?

Thanks
Alan

Editors Note: From Citizens Advice >> click here

You usually need to apply to stay in the UK if you’re from:

  • a country in the EU, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
  • another country and you are the family member of someone who is from the EU, EEA or Switzerland

Check when you should apply by

It is worth applying to stay in the UK now. After 30 June 2021 you might be asked to prove your right to do things like get a job or use the NHS. You’ll be able to do this by showing you have ‘pre-settled status’ or ‘settled status’ under the EU Settlement Scheme, or British citizenship.  Getting your status will prove your right to:

  • stay in the UK for more than 3 months
  • work
  • study
  • use the NHS
  • claim the State Pension
  • rent a home

Check what you need to apply for

What you need to apply for depends on how long you’ve lived in the UK and if you’ve applied to stay in the UK before.

If you’ve lived in the UK for less than 5 years

You should apply to the EU Settlement Scheme for pre-settled status. You only need to prove you’ve lived in the UK for 1 day in the last 6 months to get it.  You can apply for pre-settled status as long as you move to the UK before 31 December 2020.

If you get pre-settled status, you can live and work in the UK for up to 5 years. After you’ve lived in the UK for 5 years, you should apply for settled status to stay for longer.  You can spend up to 2 years outside the UK without losing your pre-settled status. But, if you want to apply for settled status later, you need to:

  • have lived in the UK for 5 years in a row
  • prove that you lived in the UK for 6 months out of every 12 months during those 5 years

The 5 years can include time before you got pre-settled status.

Find out more about what you need to apply for pre-settled status.

If you’ve lived in the UK for 5 years or more

You should either apply to the EU Settlement Scheme for settled status or for British citizenship. If you get settled status, you can:

  • live and work in the UK for as long as you like
  • live outside the UK for up to 5 years in a row without losing your status – 4 years if you’re Swiss
  • bring your family to live in the UK

You might also find it easier to apply for British citizenship if you have settled status.

Find out what you need to apply for settled status.

You’ll have more rights if you become a British citizen but you might have to give up your current nationality. You need to pay to apply for British citizenship.

Claiming benefits and getting help with housing

You can continue to claim benefits and get help with housing from your local council until 30 June 2021.

After that date, some benefits like Universal Credit, Pension Credit and Child Benefit might stop if you don’t have settled status. You might not be able to get help with housing from your local council.


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TinaShoebb

20:10 PM, 9th November 2020
About 3 weeks ago

The chances of them being required to leave are extremely slim. Boris is quite pro immigration and asking them to leave would be politically explosive

Monty Bodkin

22:57 PM, 9th November 2020
About 3 weeks ago

"Hi, I have a number of European tenants and was wondering what is likely to happen if we leave Europe without a deal."

And you've only just started thinking about this now?

david porter

9:59 AM, 10th November 2020
About 3 weeks ago

In London there are several schools run by the French Government to cater for the children on the significant number of French people working in London.
The parents will not give up well paid jobs to return to France, even though they have read Peter Mayles book!

Alison King

10:03 AM, 10th November 2020
About 3 weeks ago

My EU citizen tenants are all thoroughly aware of all this and some of them have even asked me to provide evidence that they have lived in the UK for over five years, which I have been happy to do. Letters from the council about housing benefit do very nicely.

M&SFAN

10:27 AM, 10th November 2020
About 3 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by david porter at 10/11/2020 - 09:59
My kids attended the Lycee. Many children are dual nationality or may speak 3 or 4 languages because their parents move around the world constantly. Of the French speaking parents many run or work at branches of major French businesses in the UK or work for the French government, or the mum is French not the dad and she doesn't work. Basically it is a school for families who all intend to return to France at some point either for job or personal reasons. In all the 13 years the only ones I have personally met with good jobs in British firms which they would not wish to leave, are in financial services, and many financial services companies have already left London because of Brexit so they have already got other jobs and relocated elsewhere.

Smartermind

12:14 PM, 10th November 2020
About 3 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Monty Bodkin at 09/11/2020 - 22:57
"And you've only just started thinking about this now?"

That is somewhat unfair as our clown government, even at this 11th hour, still has no agreement with the EU. Even now we don't know if it's going to be no deal or fudged May's deal repackaged as Boris deal.

Smartermind

12:15 PM, 10th November 2020
About 3 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by TinaShoebb at 09/11/2020 - 20:10
Bozo blows whichever way the wind blows. So it won't be shocking to see Bozo use his rottweiler Patel to deport EU citizens no matter what the damage to the UK economy.

Dylan Morris

12:36 PM, 10th November 2020
About 3 weeks ago

I wouldn’t worry about it just now. Bottler Boris has set three deadlines to end talks and go “no deal” end of June, then end of July then 15th October. All deadlines he’s ignored so clearly he’s scared sxxxless by a no deal scenario. Unfortunately by his remarkable weakness the EU know this, so he’s played right into their hands. Q. So what’s he going to do end of December ? A. Take the easiest option and kick the can down the road for another 12 months blaming it on Covid.

Whiteskifreak Surrey

13:20 PM, 10th November 2020
About 3 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Monty Bodkin at 09/11/2020 - 22:57
May I respectfully remind the whole lovely community here that I have been asking that question since 23 June 2016. Sadly I have never received any reply. We were supposed to have the easiest deal in history, done over the afternoon coffee (quotations and dates available on request).
Lots of EU citizens either already left or are preparing to leave soon. IMHO they generally made great, reliable tenants. So those who are still here are probably those with settled status, hopefully they will be able to stay. However I do not believe that Johnson is pro-immigration, I would say quite opposite. He promised to end the free movement (for the Brits too, BTW).

Whiteskifreak Surrey

13:25 PM, 10th November 2020
About 3 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by TinaShoebb at 09/11/2020 - 20:10
"asking them to leave would be politically explosive" - no, quite opposite, it will be widely applauded by the shrinking Leave brigade and the government. You know, it is "The will of British People"...

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