Government’s decision to end freedom of movement after Brexit ‘will leave landlords in limbo’

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The government’s decision to end freedom of movement for EU citizens after Brexit will cause “distress” and “uncertainty” to landlords, tenants and agents, the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) have warned.

Despite assurances under Theresa May’s government that the EU’s free movement rules would be phased out gradually, Boris Johnson’s administration announced plans on August 19 to end it immediately after October 31 in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The ARLA said that a transition period was necessary to allow time to ensure landlords understood their obligations in line with the new legislation.

David Cox, ARLA chief executive, criticised the latest government move, saying: “As recently as April, government committed to continuing with current arrangements around Right to Rent for EU citizens. Planned transition is vital in order to allow practical Brexit arrangements for housing and it is essential that sufficient time is allowed for moving to any new system.

“To move the goalposts at this stage will cause unnecessary distress and uncertainty to all those affected. Tenants, landlords and agents must not be left in limbo, arrangements must be clear and transparent for all parties.”

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22nd August 2019