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Right To Rent: messy post-Brexit rules unveiled by ARLA

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents is urging member agents and the industry to ensure it is up to date with how Right To Rent is likely to work on November 1 - that’s assuming the UK leaves the European Union the day before.

In a lengthy post on its website, ARLA says agents need to know what compliance with Right to Rent checks on European Union, European Economic Area and Swiss nationals will look like post-Brexit.

ARLA’s descriptions are clear but highlight the extraordinarily complex landscape that letting agents and landlords will have to cope with, within a matter of seven weeks.


Firstly it says that for EU nationals, EEA or Swiss citizens living in the UK now, the advice is to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme initiated by the government some months ago. 

Secondly for EU nationals planning to move to the UK after Brexit, there is a European Temporary Leave to Remain (known as Euro TLR) - this is contingency plan for immigration in the event of the UK leaving the EU without an agreement. 

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 December 31 2020 - so almost four and a half years from now.

A chief exception to this applies to Irish citizens who under a separate status - the Common Travel Area Arrangements - will not need to apply to stay in the UK after December 31 2020.

Finally there are the cases of international students - only this week the government declared that international students will be allowed to stay in the UK for two years after graduation to find a job.

This reverses a decision made in 2012 by then-Home Secretary Theresa May that forced overseas students to leave four months after finishing a degree.

ARLA says the latest government guidance is that its new policy will come into effect next year - leaving agents and landlords in some uncertainty until then.

The association’s website rather humorously suggests agents ‘keep calm and carry on’ but the overall picture for the industry appears immensely confusing.

You can see the full ARLA guidance with links to helpful websites here.

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    Do you know that there are one or two of the Fladh agents putting it about that us Professional LLs dont know how to secure a Tenant? Twits and don't give them long in the business. Any agent who says LLs dont understand the process Dump them and move on.

    Algarve  Investor

    What do you say to a post-Brexit system that is messier than before? I thought one of the reasons for leaving the EU was for a less bureaucratic system - of course, it will be the absolutely opposite of that.

    Then again, another of the reasons was to take back control of our sovereignty and give Westminster the final say over any decision we make - but certain MPs now seem much less keen on that as well.


    Perhaps the EU should have listened before the referendum and been more flexible...

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    Sorry Flash Agents that is?

  • Algarve  Investor

    Bet all those landlords who voted to Leave might be having second thoughts when (if) it happens and the system becomes even more regulated and bureaucratic - something the Leavers said very much wouldn't be the case.

    A lot of the promises (lies) made by Vote Leave and senior Leave politicians are about to come home to roost. A lot of people are about to be very disappointed that what they've been promised was fantasy, not reality.

    • 12 September 2019 15:57 PM

    Nope don't care.
    BrExit is no threat.
    The fewer tenants the better as this will reduce demand and therefore more supply will be available and then perhaps the LL bashing will stop as there would be a more relaxed PRS.
    If I had my way I would get rid of all the EU migrants and adopt an Australian migrant system.
    Free movement has been an unmitigated disaster for the UK.
    Ultimately it caused the BrExit vote.
    But of course the PTB refused to discuss IMMIGRATION as though to do so was RACIST or as Gordon Brown described Gillian Duffy .......bigoted!!!
    Totally wrong and yet just showed you how out of touch the PTB were which is why they received a bloody nose.
    The UK will leave the EU and will have a controlled immigration policy.
    It can't come soon enough.
    The fewer migrants the less pressure on services etc.
    It DOESN'T matter what any bureaucracy is it will be the UK's and NOT the EU's.


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