Right to Rent Scheme update

Right to Rent Scheme update

Last year, a small charity called the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) together with the support from Liberty and the Residential Landlords Association challenged the Right to Rent Scheme laid out in sections 20-37 of the Immigration Act 2014.

Earlier this month, the High Court ruled that the Right to Rent Scheme was incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). This ruling has sparked controversy since its publication from politicians, journalists, lawyers and human rights groups.

However, the Minister of State for Immigration, Caroline Nokes MP has issued a written statement whereby she disagreed with the ruling made by the High Court and confirmed that it been granted permission to appeal all aspects of the judgment.

In the meantime, the provisions passed by the House of Commons in 2014 remain in force and there are no immediate changes to the operation of the policy. Landlords and letting agents are therefore mandated to carry out Right to Rent checks as stipulated in the legislation.

The Right to Rent Consultative Panel will be meeting again in April, and it is anticipated that they will assess and/or review how the Scheme operates and further guidance will be provided to letting agents and landlords.

If you have any queries or need further information about the above, please contact Yemi Alli on 02477 710 218 or email yemi.alli@alsterskelley.com




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