11 Mar

High Court Ruling on Lettings Right to Rent Checks

High Court Ruling on Lettings Right to Rent Checks

On 1 March, the High Court delivered their ruling on the Right to Rent case brought by a group including Joint Council for Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) and Residential Landlords Association. The case argued that the Right to Rent scheme is leading to discrimination and that the evaluation carried out has been insufficient.

Under the scheme landlords and letting agents are required to carry out face to face checks on all adult occupiers. If landlords or agents are challenged by immigration enforcement, they need to be able to evidence checks. Failure to evidence checks can lead to fines of up to £3,000 per occupier.

The case was raised following the JCWI publishing their report Passport Please which included the statistic that 51% of landlords surveyed said that the scheme would make them less likely to consider letting to foreign nationals.

Rachel Hartley, Communications Manager at ARLA Propertymark said: “ARLA Propertymark has long called for clarity for the Right to Rent scheme in the interests of tenants, landlords and letting agents. We are urgently calling on government now to provide clarity before any further steps are taken in relation to freedom of movement post Brexit, or phase 3 rollout.”

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