Right to rent scheme infringes human right law


The High Court has ruled that the government-run Right to Rent scheme breaches human right law.


The scheme was introduced in England in 2016 and obligates landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants in order to tackle the problem of immigration in the UK.


Under the scheme landlords letting their property to illegal immigrants would face prosecution.


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The judge ruled that the scheme caused landlords to discriminate against foreign nationals and ethnic minorities who had the right to rent and that it had “little or no effect” on controlling immigration.


He also ruled that it would be illegal to extend the scheme to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland without further assessment.


The scheme was challenged by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), who claimed the scheme was “race discrimination against those who are perfectly entitled to rent”.


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In response to the ruling, Chai Patel, legal policy director, said there was “no place for racism in the UK housing market.”


The RLA (Residential Landlords Association also applauded the ruling saying that it had made landlords into “untrained and unwilling border police.”


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13th March 2019