European tenants are being turned away by landlords and letting agents

According to recent findings by the EU citizens’ rights campaign group, Europeans are being turned away by landlords and letting agents, which is making it difficult for them to secure rental accommodation in the UK.

The findings show that some advertised rental properties have specified UK citizens only, or outlined different terms for EU nationals. This also extends to jobs, with a dossier showing evidence of more than two dozen housing, employment and other adverts, many of which invite applications only from those with UK, or Irish citizenship.

The Guardian newspaper spoke with a number of EU nationals who recalled recent instances of discrimination. Natasha, a 42-year-old Polish teaching assistant said she and her friends are afraid to move from rented accommodation because landlords don’t know if they will make them secure tenants after March 2019.

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The government equalities office is examining growing evidence that EU nationals in the UK are being illegally prevented from renting or buying properties, getting jobs and booking holidays.

Jeremy Robinson, Managing Director of Housing Hand comments: “Brexit had caused much confusion in the with many landlords and letting agents who are deeply unsure of the new requirements to rent to foreign individuals, which is leading them to turn away non UK passport holders. 

“The Government’s introduction of Right to Rent has led to landlords and agents discriminating between applicants on the basis of their background, with some prepared to turn away tenants, just because they have a foreign accent. Legitimate tenants who cannot easily identify themselves using a British or EU passport are finding it harder to secure somewhere to live.

“Landlords and agents face a dilemma.  They want to be fair to prospective tenants, but many are nervous of renting a property to a tenant who does not have a ‘right to rent’.  It is understandable why some landlords and agents are turning down international tenants, before any checks are made and are concentrating on tenants that will be able to provide a UK guarantor.

“However, we mitigate all the risks for agents and landlords by becoming the potential tenant’s UK guarantor.  We provide tenants who have failed a credit check with guarantor liability insurance policy.  This ensures that the rent payments are paid in the event of the tenant defaulting on the rent. Landlords and agents who are partnered with us have been able to increase occupancy, due to larger pool of applicants that can now qualify and they have been able to eliminate the risk of rent loss, due to tenant default, at no cost to them.

“Currently, we stand as guarantor for tenants from 141 countries and have had over 50,000 happy applicants. We help international students, graduating university students, professional school students entering the workforce, employed UK nationals and non-UK nationals, self-employed persons and UK students with responsible parties to secure rental accommodation.”

Housing Hand, the UK's only secured and reliable insured UK guarantor service for students and working professionals who require a UK guarantor, works with in excess of 3,000 accommodation providers and is a guarantor for tenants from 141 countries. Housing Hand helps international students, graduating university students, professional school students entering the workforce, employed non-UK residents, self-employed persons and UK students with responsible parties to secure rental accommodation.

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