The end of the road for Right to Rent?

The High Court has held that right to rent checks cause discrimination on grounds of race and nationality and breach the Human Rights Act. In his judgment released today, Mr Justice Martin Spencer said that the scheme could not be justified as "the measures have a disproportionately discriminatory effect". He concluded that the "nail in the coffin" for the scheme is that, on the evidence, "the scheme has had little or no effect" in tackling illegal residence. Any further roll-out of the scheme would be "irrational … given that … there is little or no evidence of efficacy in relation to the scheme and convincing evidence that [it] causes landlords to behave in a discriminatory way."

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