Almost one in five landlords are now less likely to let to EU nationals, or those from the European Economic Area (EEA), as a result of the immigration checks they are now expected to make, found the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).
Confusion over how landlords will be expected to identify which EU nationals will and won’t be able to reside in the UK after Brexit is being blamed for the growing caution among landlords.
Leaked documents, reported yesterday on the Government’s plans for immigration following Brexit, fail to make any reference to how landlords will be expected to know which EU nationals will have a legitimate right to live in the UK.
Under the Government’s Right to Rent scheme, landlords are legally responsible for ensuring that their tenants have a right to rent property in the UK.
This finding forms part of the RLA’s soon-to-be-published quarterly survey of almost 2,800 landlords on the regulation of the private rental sector.
The Policy Director of the RLA, David Smith, says: “The Government is leaving landlords and EU nationals in a state of legal limbo over their housing.
“Ministers need to urgently set out the steps that will be taken to enable landlords to easily identify which EU nationals will and won’t have the right to rent. Without this, and faced with the threat of prosecution for getting things wrong, landlords will only become even more cautious about renting to EU nationals.”
Have you become more restrained about who you accept as tenants due to Brexit and the Right to Rent scheme?
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