Landlords have been urged to contact the government’s Landlord Checking Service if a prospective tenant confirms they have made a late application to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).

There have been more that 6 million applications to the EUSS and there have been 5.1 million grants of status. The government has announced that EEA citizens who have made late applications will have their rights protected until their application and any appeal are decided.

A similar approach will cover family members, who will have three months protection after their arrival in the UK and pending the outcome of an EUSS application and any appeal made during that period.

Landlords also don’t have to evict tenants who have put in a late application for residency status, however, they must make a report via gov.uk to the Home Office to maintain their statutory excuse.

On 1st July 2021 Right to Rent rules changed so that EEA citizens and their family members now need immigration status in the UK and can’t rely on an EEA passport or national ID card to prove their right to rent.