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  • Buy-to-Let

    Right to Rent - High Court challenge date set



    The government’s controversial Right To Rent policy is to be challenged in the High Court just before Christmas.

    It was announced in early June that a charity, the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, had obtained permission to challenge Right To Rent in court.

    Now the JCWI has announced this will take the form of a full hearing before the High Court on December 18 and 19.

    “This is going to be the first proper chance a court in the UK will have to determine the legality of the hostile environment Theresa May created that conscripted ordinary people into acting as her border guards” says the charity’s announcement, which adds: “We are close to ending this pernicious experiment once and for all.”

    Full/source article 

    RLA Policy Director raised some of these issues way back in 2014:


    In June, David commented:

    “Landlords will welcome the High Court decision to allow a judicial review of the Right to Rent policy which has put them in the impossible position of acting as untrained border police trying to ascertain who does and who does not have the right to be in the country.

    This has created difficulties for many legitimate tenants as landlords are forced to play safe and only rent to those with a UK passport.”

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    I just wish the government would do something to make our sector better

    right to rent is just barmy

    i hope they win this case a punch on the nose is just what this government needs they are so arrogant and won’t listen to reason

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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

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    I agree.  The minute a potential tenant doesn't have a UK passport now, and a clear UK background to go with it, I do my best but start to worry.  How am I supposed to spot a fake document?

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    There is also the issue of RGI qualification.

    Few migrants would ever qualify and some LL require tenants to qualify.

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    Agree Paul, although by using a third party to do RTR checks as part of RGI qualification is putting the responsibility onto someone else, maybe best to play safe....

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    As far as I am aware LL are always responsible for RTR checks unless a LA is specifically detailed as being responsible in any LA contract.

    Many LA exclude responsibilty for RTR checks.

    Which begs the question

    Wht bother using LA?

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