Government has not provided clarity over status of EU citizens post-Brexit, say landlords

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A body representing landlords in the UK says that many will be unclear about whether they can let their properties to EU citizens post-Brexit, amid confusion about the arrangements that will be in place.

Rules introduced in 2016 mean that private landlords who let their properties to tenants who do not have the legal right to live in the UK are liable for fines of as much as £5,000 for each adult tenant.

Meanwhile, the Government last week introduced a settled status scheme for the 3.8 million EU citizens who are settled in the UK.

However, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) said the Government has not provided advice to private landlords about the scheme.

David Smith, Policy Director at the RLA told The Guardian: “They [landlords] do not follow every twist and turn of Brexit and it is unreasonable to assume that they are going to be able to divine the details of the settled status scheme from statements made by Theresa May or Government ministers.”

He added: “Technically, EU citizens have the right to rent, but some landlords will not be aware of the law. Some may not even know what countries are in the European Union.”

In a statement, the Home Office said: “There is no change to the checks landlords are required to carry out when renting to EU citizens until the end of any transition period and they are not required to distinguish between EU citizens who were resident before exit and post-exit arrivals, nor conduct retrospective checks on anyone they have rented a property to.”

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