The ‘Right to Rent’ scheme means landlords have to check the immigration status of prospective tenants. Any landlord who is found to have rented to someone who doesn't have the required immigration status will face a fine of up to £3,000 or a criminal sentence.

The Government hasn't considered the concerns of landlords who don't want to become border guards. And like so much else in the Hostile Environment, these rules don't account for the fact that many people won't have access to paperwork, for many reasons. What's more, the 'Right to Rent' scheme causes a real risk of discrimination - the risk that people of colour, and people with foreign-sounding accents or names, will be passed over in favour of other applicants, even if they've lived here their whole lives. That's why we took the Government to court.

Our legal challenge

Checking someone's immigration status is a complex job, and the cost of getting it wrong is high. So it's not surprising that landlords are less inclined to rent to anybody, documented or not, if they've got a foreign-sounding name or if they aren't a British citizen. In effect, the Government has created a strong incentive to discriminate. Our independent evaluation of the 'Right to Rent' demonstrated these risks (download it here).

We repeatedly warned the Government about the risks. But they've decided to press ahead with rolling the scheme out across the rest of the UK (right now it's only in force in England). 

We've challenged Sajid Javid to justify his and Theresa May’s reckless policy, which increases racial discrimination in the rental market. We won the case, and the courts agreed that Right to Rent causes racial discrimination. But the Government is now appealing the decision, claiming that the racial discrimination caused is justified in pursuit of the hostile environment. 

Read more about our legal challenge here.

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