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Right to Rent for EU Citizens

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  • Query Right to Rent for EU Citizens

    Me and my wife are both planning on moving to the UK. I am an EU citizen she is non-EU and has applied for an EEA Permit.

    I made inquiries with a property agent in the UK about renting an apartment after we arrive. After inquiring about my status and that of my wife, I was told that I need to have an employer reference before I can rent in the UK, even though I was willing to pay upfront for the entire rental period.

    Is this true, I don't recall anything in the the right to rent law that mentions a job as a pre-condition for Eu citizens to rent.

    Thank You


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    Originally posted by mascot View Post
    Me and my wife are both planning on moving to the UK. I am an EU citizen she is non-EU and has applied for an EEA Permit.

    I made inquiries with a property agent in the UK about renting an apartment after we arrive. After inquiring about my status and that of my wife, I was told that I need to have an employer reference before I can rent in the UK, even though I was willing to pay upfront for the entire rental period.

    Is this true, I don't recall anything in the the right to rent law that mentions a job as a pre-condition for Eu citizens to rent.

    Thank You
    The right to rent legislation only refers to the immigration status of tenants and prospective tenants, however, individual landlords and letting agents often have their own requirements, which are in no way related to immigration status nor the right to rent, such as asking for references. This is in no way related to the right to rent legislation, which has only been around since 2016, while lettings agents have been requiring such references for decades. Nor is it exclusive to EU citizens, British and non EU nationals are also asked for similar references. The idea behind it is simply to ensure that tenants will be able to pay the rent every month.

    Paying rent up-front is often acceptable when people are not in employment, I did it on one occasion and I know landlords who would be more than happy to accept up-front payment. Now you know this has nothing to do with the right to rent legislation, you may want to mention this to the letting agents, or else find others who are more adaptable. Also ask them to check with the landlord, who may well welcome the money up-front, you may want to convince them that you are actually a much lower risk if you pay up-front, while someone who is employed may lose their job and/or simply decide not to pay the rent.

    If you want to know more about the right to rent, you may want to look at this document: Right to Rent Document Checks: a User Guide.

    On page 3, it clearly says that an EEA or Swiss national passport or identity card shows an unlimited right to rent.

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      As you suggest, I might try to convince the agent or look for other agents.
      Thank you so much for the information.

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