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Politics.co.uk are reporting the Right to Rent rules forcing landlords to check tenant’s immigration status and rights to remain are facing two independent legal challenges.
These rules have been deeply unpopular with landlords and agents who feel the responsibility of the state to monitor our boarders is being passed on to them with corresponding penalties for taking on this responsibility. In fact many landlords now say they will not even consider renting to a tenant that does not have a UK passport.
The first case is a women who had her passport lost by the Home Office whilst applying for a visa and she is now facing eviction from her rental property after her landlord was notified she no longer had a right to remain in the country.
Her Lawyer is arguing this is contravening the Human Rights Act and said: “The government says that the right to rent policy will crack down on rogue landlords but this case is the perfect example of how it impacts vulnerable people.”
The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) is bringing the second case on the grounds of discrimination in the rental marking after it was revealed in a survey 51% of landlords are less likley to rent to a foreign national.
The JCWI told Politics.co.uk: “The right to rent policy is designed to encourage irregular migrants to leave the country by making them homeless.
“The problem with it, apart from the inhumanity of that proposition, is that there’s no evidence it works. The Home Office hasn’t shown that the scheme will do anything to increase voluntary departures, which have actually reduced since the scheme came into force.
“Worse, the scheme causes discrimination against foreign nationals even if they have immigration status. It also causes discrimination against British citizens who don’t have passports.
“Faced with our evidence, the Home Office has buried its head in the sand and refuses to review the scheme before forcing it onto Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We have no choice now but to challenge this pernicious and ineffective policy through the courts.”
The Home Office has refused to comment on any legal proceedings.
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