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Court Rules Against Right To Rent

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A high Court has ruled that the "right to rent" scheme in England breaches human rights and it would therefore be illegal to roll out in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland without further evaluation.

The Home Office said it was disappointed by the ruling.

Mr Justice Spencer said the scheme has "little or not effect" on its main aim of controlling immigration and the benefit was "significantly outweighed by the discriminatory effect."

It was suggested that were was strong evidence the scheme was causing landlords to discriminate against potential tenants because of their nationality and ethnicity.

The challenge was brought by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), which argued the scheme was leading to discrimination against those entitiled to rent.

The JCWI and the Residential Landlords Association has written to the government requesting a meeting on the future of the policy.

Right to Rent was introduced in England in 2016 and has been criticised for effectively making landlords act as border agents, with the risk of imprisonment if they get something wrong.