Fri 23 Jul 2021
The Home Office has just confirmed landlords do not have to evict tenants, including European Economic Area (EEA) nationals, who have put in late residence applications to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). Those tenants will enjoy the same right to work and rent here as someone who applied before the deadline. However, landlords must make a report to the Home Office to maintain their statutory ‘excuse’.
On the other hand, EEA citizens who have an outstanding application to the EU Settlement Scheme and do not have any other form of immigration leave, will not be allowed to take up new employment or enter into new tenancy agreements until their status has been confirmed. Remember Right to Rent changes took effect on 1st July when EEA citizens and their families required UK immigration status in the same way as other foreign nationals and could not rely on an EEA passport or national ID card to prove their right to rent. Most will apply to the EUSS and will already have digital evidence of their UK immigration status.
Full document checks had been due to return on 21st June but were extended until the end of August so scanned video documents are still acceptable.
This arrangement is far from straightforward so it’s always best to ask Jeremy Leaf & Co - we’ve been advising on lettings and management issues for over thirty years!