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5 pitfalls assignees should avoid when relocating to London

London from above

Your assignees aren’t just another cog in the corporate wheel. These prize assets are the key to your business unlocking its potential on a global scale, and they need your support to do so. On the one hand, your mobility strategy is giving them a once in a lifetime opportunity to live and work in London; on the other, it’s turning their world upside down. So, now’s the time to put your arm around them, provide some valuable guidance and show you really care.

What better way to do just that than by giving them a little peace of mind about settling into life in London? And we don’t just mean knowing what side of the escalator to stand on – it’s the right in case you were wondering.


1 - Understand how the home search impacts a school search

Assignee’s moving to London with their family should be made aware of school catchment areas – a defined geographical area that schools will accept applications from, based on a child’s permanent address – before starting their home search. There’s no point finding somewhere to live only to discover there aren’t any high-performing schools nearby.

2 - Help them beat Brexit

If an assignee’s planning on moving to London with their family, they’ll need to know how Brexit will impact their plans. Any application to stay in the UK depends on where their family members are from and how they’re related to them. Key facts include:

  • They must live in the UK by 31/12/2020 to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

  • If they aren’t living in the UK by 31/12/2020, they can apply to join the scheme if the assignee has pre-settled or settled status – they must also prove their relationship began before 31/12/2020.

  • If any family member is a citizen of a country outside the EU, EEA or Switzerland, they will require an EEA family permit to enter the UK – this will be valid for 6 months.

3 - Research shouldn’t just mean Google

Our busy modern lifestyles mean we rely on the convenience of the internet to manage our lives on a daily basis. However, there are certain aspects of a relocation that Google alone can’t organise. Deciding which area of London to live in is one of them. When it comes to discovering the capital, the best form of research is getting out and exploring the streets. So, provide assignees with enough time to do just that and offer access to local knowledge and experience – from accommodation and schools to amenities and public transport.

4 - Keep estate agents at arm’s length

According to a survey by Ipsos MORI, estate agents are the fourth least trusted profession in Britain, after professional footballers, government ministers and politicians. So, don’t leave your assignees at the mercy of unscrupulous estate agents in this unfamiliar environment. Provide them with the ability to make informed decisions about the London property market by putting them in touch with reputable professionals they can trust.

5 - Don't let them overburden themselves

A relocation isn’t simply a case of hopping on a plane to start a new life in London. There’s a seemingly endless list of things that need to be planned and executed to make it a success. Your assignees already have enough on their plate professionally, so don’t overburden them with relocation admin. Relieve them of this often-overwhelming workload by providing them with access to a relocation specialist like Simply London. They provide a comprehensive range of services – home search, school search, orientation tours, immigration services and family services – designed to manage the entire relocation on your assignee’s behalf.

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