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Landlords Resist Renting to EU Nationals as Brexit Chaos Leaves Rules Unclear
Posted on 02/05/2019 by Sulgrave Estates
Landlords are losing the confidence to let to 2.4 million European Union (EU) tenants due to fears of breaking Government rules.
The problem could get worse after Brexit, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA), a trade body.
Right to rent rules, introduced by the Home Office in 2015, mean landlords face prosecution if they know or should know that their tenant has no legal right to rent. Landlords and Agents have to check the visa status and nationality of all tenants and face penalties of up to £3,000 for every tenant with no right to rent.
But the Government has not explained how Brexit will affect right to rent rules, according to the RLA. As a result, the 2.4 million EU nationals renting in Britain could face difficulties finding housing.
David Smith, of the RLA, said: “The Government needs to publish clear and practical guidance for landlords about the implications of Brexit on who they can and cannot rent to. If they do not, more landlords will become increasingly fearful about renting to non-UK nationals with the potential of facing prosecution.”
RLA research said around a fifth of landlords are already less likely to rent to those from the EU or European Economic Area, and that this could rise after Brexit. Landlords’ ability to navigate right to rent was made more tricky last month after a High Court ruling.
The High Court judgment found that landlords will breach equality laws if they repossess homes where tenants have no right to rent. The court said doing so would be “direct discrimination on the basis of nationality.”