Keep Calm and Carry on.... As we get closer to Brexit when the UK is to leave the EU, as letting agents we must understand compliance regarding Right to Rent for EU, EEA and Swiss nationals.
EU Nationals currently living in the UK
For EU nationals, EEA or Swiss citizens living in the UK now, the advice is clear, apply to the EU Settlement Scheme and get your application in as soon as possible.
Applicants should receive notice of either settled or pre settled status. The eligibility for this is stated as being how long the applicant has lived in the UK.
EU Nationals planning to move to the UK after Brexit
Following on from Home Secretary, Priti Patel’s speech in August in which she committed to ending free movement as soon as the UK leaves the EU, Government has updated its guidance on EU nationals moving to the UK after Brexit. In doing so, the original headlines have been tempered slightly.
European Temporary Leave to Remain (Euro TLR) is the Government’s contingency plan for immigration in the event of the UK leaving the EU without an agreement. In order to establish Euro TLR status, EU nationals who want to stay in the UK after 31 December 2020 will need to apply either to Euro TLR or apply under the arrangements of the future immigration system, details of which were devised by Theresa May’s Government in December 2018.
Euro TLR is a temporary UK immigration status that will allow EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who move to the UK after Brexit to continue living, working and studying in the UK for up to 36 months after 31 December 2020. This scheme will only open after (and in the event of) the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
The exception to these arrangements is Irish citizens who under Common Travel Area Arrangements will not need to apply to stay in the UK after 31 December 2020.
The latest in a string of divergent Government announcements on immigration has reversed some of the former Home Secretary Theresa May’s ‘Hostile Environment’ measures.
The measures, which limited the time that international students can stay in the UK after finishing their studies to four months, have been revised by the new Government allowing an unlimited number of international students to stay for two years after their studies end, regardless of the their work situation. Government intend the new arrangements to come into effect next year.
While we anticipate considerable change to the Right to Rent scheme and underlying Code of Practice in the event of the UK leaving the EU and Government bringing forward a new Immigration Bill, there are no changes yet. Until there are any legislative changes, new tenancies on residential property in England will continue to be prepared with checks and follow up checks in exactly the same way.