The Home Office has confirmed that landlords don’t have to evict those tenants who have put in a late application for residency status.

In response to a parliamentary written question from the Bishop of Durham, who asked whether European Economic Area nationals who apply late to the EU Settlement Scheme would have the right to work and rent while their applications are pending, Home Office Minister Baroness Williams of Trafford said landlords wouldn’t have to evict an existing tenant without lawful status.

However, they must make a report via gov.uk to the Home Office to maintain their statutory excuse.

“A person granted status under the EU Settlement Scheme on the basis of a late application will have the same rights from the date they are granted status, as a person who applied by the deadline,” said Baroness Williams.

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“This includes their right to work and right to rent.”

She added: “EEA citizens who have an outstanding, late application to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) and do not have any other form of immigration leave will not be permitted to take up new employment or enter into a new tenancy agreement until they have been granted status under the EUSS.”

Right to rent changes took effect on 1st July meaning that EEA citizens and their family members now need immigration status in the UK, in the same way as other foreign nationals, and can’t rely on an EEA passport or national ID card to prove their right to rent. Most will have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme and already have digital evidence of their UK immigration status.

Full document checks had been due to return on 21st June but this was extended until the end of August meaning that scanned or videoed documents are still acceptable.

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  1. DEAR SIR /MADAM,
    PLEASE MY QUESTION ARE AS FOLLOWS –
    (1) WE FINDING VERY DIFFICULTS FROM TENANT THAT WHILE THEY ARE LEFT THEY DID NOT PAID THERE BILLS LIKE COUNCIL RATE, WATER CHARGES ,LIGHTBILL, GAS BILLS,AS PER TENANCY AGREEMENTS ALL OUT GOING CHARGES THE TENANT HAS TO PAY,BUT THEY LEAVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT HANDING OVER KEYS ,AND DETA PROTECTION WE ARE UNABLE TO FIND THIS TENANTTO SUE THEM?THE FIVE WEEK RENT IS UNSFFICENT TO COVER GREAT DAMAGE DONE AS WELL LOTS OF FURNITURE STOLEN,AND BROKEN AND RENT LEFT NOT PAID FOR 3 TO 4 MONTHS , MOST OF THE INSURANCE CO MPANYS ARE NOT AGREE TO HAVE THIS SETTELEMENTS. NOR WE CAN FIND THE TENANT TO TAKE THEM TO COURT AS DATA PROTECTION CAN NOT ALLOW US TO FIND WHERE THEY ARE? ON OTHER SIDE THE COUNCIAL FOR THE LAND LORD TO PAY OUTSTANDING RATE HOW COULD BE POSSIBLE? WHY THE AGREEMENTS TENANCY CLEARLY , THAT USINING AND LIVING ALL CHARGES MUST BE PAID BY TENANT. WE ASK THE GOVERNMENTS CHANGE THE LAW EITHER DEPOST TO INCREASE AND OR AS AGREEMTS WITH THE COUNCI TAX ,GAS , LIGHT WATER , TELEPHONE CHAGES ,IS TENTANT CHOICE AND PROVIDED AGREEMTS,BEFORE PROVIDING THE SUPPLYING CO SHOULD TAKE THERE OWN DEPOSIT , PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHY LANDLORD SHOULD PAY ,WITH OUT LAND INFORMATION MOST OF TENANT ARE LEAVING THE HOUSE AND LAND LORD ARE SUFFERING GREAT AMOUNT OF LOSS NO RENTS PAID ?WE THINK THE SUPPLIER LIKE COUNCIL RATE AND OTHERS THEY HAVE TO WRITE OFF AS LOSS.KINDLY PLEASE LETS KNOW WHATS CHANGING YOU ADVISE TO GOVERNMENTS DO.

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