Court battle over ‘right to rent’ checks

Plans to force landlords across Britain to check the immigration status of potential tenants are to be challenged in court this week, with landlords among those raising concerns about the right to rent policy. The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) is bringing a legal challenge in the high court, with the body saying the policy is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. This comes after JCWI research found that 51% of landlords said that they were less likely to consider renting to non-EU nationals due to the policy, with 42% less likely to rent to those without a UK passport. A separate survey of almost 2,800 landlords by the Residential Landlords Association found that 43% were less likely to rent to anyone without a UK passport, and 46% are less likely to rent to a foreign national from outside the EU.

The Observer, Page: 21

Posted 03/06/2018