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Property expert Nathan Emerson becomes Interim CEO of Propertymark

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No change to Right to Rent despite new UK points-based system

Friday 21 February 2020

The UK Government has announced that from 1 January 2021, free movement will end, and they will introduce the UK’s Points-Based System but they are still no closer to confirming plans for the future of Right to Rent checks after Britain leaves the EU.

The Points-Based System will require all applicants, both EU and non-EU citizens, to demonstrate that they have a job offer from an approved sponsor, that the job offer is at the required skill level, and that they speak English.

In addition, if the applicant earns more than the minimum salary threshold then the individual would be eligible to make an application. However, if they earn less than the required minimum salary threshold, they may still be able to come if they can demonstrate that they have a job offer in a specific shortage occupation, or that they have a PhD relevant to the job.

You can read the Government’s full policy statement on the Points-Based Immigration System below.

The Points-Based System

GOVERNMENT CLARIFICATION

The Government has clarified to ARLA Propertymark that agents should continue to undertake right to rent checks on EU nationals as you do now. There is no requirement for landlords or letting agents to determine an individual’s income/salary threshold before entering into a tenancy agreement.

Right to Rent checks

As outlined in the Government’s Policy Statement, EU citizens living in the UK by 31 December 2020 are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme and will have until 30 June 2021 to make an application. As a transition measure, employers, landlords, and public service providers will continue to accept the passports and national identity cards of EU citizens as evidence of permission during this period, up until 30 June 2021.

ARLA PROPERTYMARK'S INVOLVEMENT

We continue to remind the Home Office, that as the UK transitions to new immigration arrangements, agents will not be able to determine which of their existing tenants are EU or Swiss nationals. We remain part of the Home Office’s Landlord Consultative Panel intending to ensure that certainty for tenants, landlords, and agents is achieved as soon as possible in the lead up to Brexit.

For more information on Right to Rent checks and the Immigration Act visit the ARLA Propertymark website below.

Right to Rent info