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Landlords should add ever-changing immigration rules to their watch list after new Home Secretary, Priti Patel, announced a package of measures concerning freedom of movement in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Ms Patel has advised that when conforming to the current Right to Rent checks, letting agents and landlords will not be required to distinguish between EU citizens who arrived before and after Brexit until a new immigration system is introduced in 2021. It is unclear what will happen after 2021 but there are fears that a number of EU nationals currently occupying rental properties may be asked to leave the country, with any exodus carrying the potential to create broken tenancies and void periods in its wake.

Tenants from the EU currently residing in UK properties before 31st October should be encouraged to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme and will have until at least the 31st December 2020 to do so, although those wishing to remain in the UK are advised to take action as soon as possible.