Radio Four reported this morning that the High Court began hearing a legal challenge to the “Right to Rent” policy whereby landlords must check prospective tenants’ immigration status. The policy was introduced two years ago by Theresa May when she was Home Secretary. The Home Office claims it is an important part of their immigration system. The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) feel that the policy discriminates against foreign nationals and people without a British passport. Satbir Singh, Chief Executive of JCWI, said that the policy gives a strong incentive to discriminate which is not the fault of landlords. Landlords face thousands of pounds of fines and a possible custodial sentence if they flout, possibly accidentally, the regulations. He says in this situation you are going to play it safe.
Later in the day, The Guardian explained that JCWI won the right to launch a High Court case against the Home Office’s right to rent policy. They are seeking to crowdfund the challenge.
Use the link to find more details of the history of and basis for JCWI’s challenge and their crowdfund appeal.
The Guardian article on JCWI’s challenge can be found here.