EU nationals currently have an automatic right to rent by reason of their nationality under section 21 of the Immigration Act 2014. Any changes to this position, including to bring EU nationals within scope of the Immigration Act 2016 powers of eviction, will be considered as part of the design of the new global immigration system to be introduced after the EU-exit implementation period. The powers in the 2016 Act enable landlords to evict an individual where the Home Office has served a notice that they are letting to a disqualified person. These notices will only be served where an individual has failed to regularise their stay, leave the UK or comply with directions, and only after a careful examination of the individual’s circumstances and where there are no genuine obstacles to them leaving the UK.
The EU Settlement Scheme has been designed to make it easy for EU citizens to get the status they need and to evidence it digitally when accessing work, housing, benefits and services.