Right to Rent



Landlords to have say in ‘Right to Rent’ court case

Landlords will have a major role to play in a court case considering the future of the UK Government’s Right to Rent scheme, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Published 10 July 2019

Right to Rent branded a ‘farce’ after second High Court ruling

Landlords have branded the Right to Rent scheme a “farce” after a second court ruling which suggests that agents and landlords following Home Office protocol could be exposed to accusations that they have breached human rights.

Published 22 March 2019

Housing minister seeks clarification over proposed roll-out of Right to Rent in Scotland

Scotland’s housing minister is to seek a meeting with the UK Government regarding the introduction of its ‘Right to Rent’ scheme after the High Court in London ruled the law was in breach of human rights legislation.

Published 18 March 2019

Landlords call for illegal tenant immigration checks to be scrapped in wake of High Court ruling

Scotland’s largest landlord membership organisation has called on the UK Government to scrap legislation which makes landlords responsible for checking the immigration status of tenants, after the High Court in London ruled the law was in breach of human rights legislation.

Published 4 March 2019

UK: Attitudes harden on Right to Rent as High Court begins judicial review

As the High Court today begins a judicial review of the UK Government’s flagship Right to Rent scheme, new research from the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has found an increasing number of private landlords are less likely to rent to those without a British passport.

Published 18 December 2018

Blog: Should Scotland worry about the right to rent?

Following the announcement from Serco that it will pause plans to evict asylum seekers from their homes in Glasgow, CIH Scotland's deputy director Callum Chomczuk revisits the issue of 'right to rent' and asks should Scotland be worried?

Published 13 August 2018

High Court agrees to review of Right To Rent policy

A campaign group has won the right to launch a high court case against the Home Office’s Right to Rent policy which obliges landlords to check the immigration of would-be tenants.

Published 7 June 2018

Bid launched to overturn PM's flagship Right to Rent immigration policy

A bid will be made this week for a legal review of a centre piece of the UK government’s immigration policy.

Published 5 June 2018

UK: Landlords back bid to overturn Right to Rent scheme

A landlord organisation in England and Wales is supporting efforts to overturn a flagship immigration policy, saying its members won’t be “scapegoats for the failures of the border agencies”.

Published 2 February 2018

UK: Nearly half of landlords less likely to rent to those without British passports

A landlord organisation is calling for a halt to the UK government’s Right to Rent scheme pending a full review of its impact on tenants after 42% of landlords in England and Wales said they are less likely to consider renting to someone without a British passport as a result of the scheme.

Published 18 December 2017

UK: Brexit making access to rented housing more difficult for EU nationals

Almost a fifth of landlords in England and Wales are now less likely to rent to nationals from the European Union or the European Economic Area as a result of the immigration checks they are now expected to make, a study has found.

Published 7 September 2017

Tenants without passports ‘less likely to access homes to rent’

Nearly half of landlords are less likely to rent homes to tenants without a British passport as a result of the immigration tests they have to make, according to a new poll.

Published 16 June 2017

Blog: Government plans to extend ‘right to rent’ documents checks face legal challenge

CIH policy adviser John Perry says the impact of the 'right to rent' scheme needs an urgent review ahead of its planned roll-out across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Published 22 May 2017

Scottish roll-out of Right to Rent checks ‘imminent’

The roll-out of the UK government’s Right to Rent scheme into Scotland and other devolved parts of the UK is “imminent”, according to new report which found it is leading to discrimination against foreign nationals and Britons from ethnic minorities.

Published 14 February 2017

Crackdown on ‘illegal’ immigrants leading to discrimination against ethnic minority Britons

Foreigners and British citizens without passports, particularly those from ethnic minorities, are being discriminated against in the private rental housing market as a result of the Right to Rent scheme designed to crack down on irregular immigration, according to a new report by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI).

Published 13 February 2017