High Court Claims Right to Rent UK Visa Checks Breach Human Rights

22 Mar 2019 | Posted by Carl Thomas

As the government continues to argue over the UK work permit and British naturalisation strategies that will be available after Brexit, the High Court has made new rulings about immigrants in the UK. According to the High Court, a scheme that prevents successful Immigration UK applicants the right to rent property in the UK breaches basic human rights laws.

The right to rent checks were introduced into the Immigration UK legislature in 2016 and require landlords to check the UK visas and work permit status of tenants before they can rent. However, the High Court has ruled against rolling this system out throughout Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland, despite the disappointment of the Home Office.

According to Mr. Justice Spencer, the right to rent scheme has very little effect on the Home Office's ability to control immigration UK issues. However, even if it did aid in the management of UK visas, many believe that the scheme is highly discriminatory.
Landlords using UK work permit information and visa details to determine whether they should rent to a family or individual is a discriminatory process. In his ruling against the Right to Rent scheme, Mr. Spencer said that people are struggling to find accommodation as a result.

The ruling comes after the Right to Rent scheme was challenged by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants in the UK. The group said that the focus on UK visas was racial discrimination against people who should be entitled to rent property.

The Legal policy director for the JCWI has also requested that the parliament consider scrapping the unusual Immigration UK policy entirely. What's more, the ruling of the High Court has been welcomed by the Residential Landlord Association. The RLA commented that the scheme had forced some landlords into becoming untrained immigration UK officers.