In order to work in Guernsey, you have to hold a valid Right to Work document, issued by the States of Guernsey Housing Authority. If you do not have Guernsey residential qualifications in your own right, but hold a passport for a country in the European Union or European Economic Area, then you can obtain a Right to Work document by living in “Open Market” accommodation, being the subject of an “Essential Housing Licence” or working under a “Temporary Licence”. Each of these categories restrict the types of property which you can occupy.
There are approximately 1,600 dwellings in Guernsey which are designated Open Market. They are usually large properties (at least three bedrooms) and, because they are not under the restriction of Guernsey residential qualifications, they tend to be in demand and, therefore, expensive to buy or rent.