The High Court has this afternoon agreed to allow a judicial review of the government’s Right to Rent policy.
Right to Rent is a flagship part of the ‘hostile environment’ strategy for illegal immigrants introduced by Prime Minister Theresa May when Home Secretary.
Today the Residential Landlords Association supported an application by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants in the High Court for a Judicial Review of the policy.
Both organisations argued that the policy discriminated against foreign nationals, especially those, such as the Windrush generation, who cannot easily prove their right to remain in the UK.
“Landlords will welcome the High Court decision to allow a judicial review of the Right to Rent policy which has put them in the impossible position of acting as untrained Border Police trying to ascertain who does and who does not have the right to be in the country. This has created difficulties for many legitimate tenants as landlords are forced to play safe and only rent to those with a UK passport" says David Smith, policy director for the RLA.