A Place in the Sun presenter Jonnie Irwin reacts to ‘disappointed and desperate’ fans
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Jonnie Irwin, 47, has made it is his mission to help potential buyers wanting to move abroad to Europe follow their dreams of doing do, despite Brexit making things difficult for UK citizens. But the A Place In The Sun presenter recognised a reoccurring theme among viewers, one of disappointment and desperation that their plans of a holiday home in the sun may have been “scuppered”.
The disappointment and desperation was palpable
Jotting down his thoughts in his blog about Brexit and what it means for people wanting to buy abroad, Jonnie revealed there was a theme in the comments section on his social media, after new episodes of the Channel 4 property show aired over lockdown.
“One of my recent shows was of a property search that I undertook in Lanzarote and social media users really seemed to engage with,” he penned.
“There was however an undoubtable theme to some of the comments on my Instagram and Twitter feeds.”
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He used an example of someone who wondered if there was any point in trying to move abroad now the UK has left the EU.
But his reaction was a positive one, as he strived to help others as best he can with his advanced knowledge.
“The disappointment and desperation was palpable,” he admitted.
“Sure, things were much better before when we were part of the EU and I certainly didn’t vote for this catastrophic exit, but I’m determined to help others see that a possible move to other European climes is still possible and within our grasp.”
The TV star noted down some quick points for readers so they got a little understanding of what they can and can’t do now Brexit has gone through.
“First and foremost, as a British national you are still able to buy property throughout Europe,” Jonnie explained
“Taking this right away was never under threat.”
He continued: “Secondly, even before considering a visa, you will be able to stay and live in your holiday home for up to 90 days in any rolling 180-day period.
“That’s the best part of 3 months in every 6 which means you can escape the cold winter months.”
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As we are all living in strange times at the moment, Jonnie promised that he will be on hand to give fans the most up-to-date information once their legal teams in their Europe territories have finalised their guides and advice now that the ‘Exit Deal’ has been signed.
He continued to reassure buyers that it will be possible to carry on with plans to move outside of the UK in the future.
“For those of you looking for a permanent relocation there will definitely be formalities to go through but it is still very much possible with the right advice,” he said.
But the property expert did warn those who wanted a holiday home not to get “caught out” by a simple error that has left many stumped.
What may seem like an obvious amenity to have in a home, many forget that heating also applies to countries which tend to get hot in the summer.
“In my experience, huge numbers of second home-owners still travel back to the UK for various reasons in the winter as it’s certainly not sunbathing weather on The Costas in January,” he noted.
“I remember showing a couple some properties in Mijas Pueblo just few years back and it started to snow, (here’s a little tip, if you want to use your second home in the cooler months, keep a lookout for heating – you’d be surprised how many people get caught out!)”
A Place In The Sun airs weekdays on Channel 4 at 3pm.
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