High Court Ruling on Right to Rent schemeMarch 4, 2019
Under the scheme landlords and letting agents are required to carry out face to face checks on all adult occupiers. If landlords or agents are challenged by immigration enforcement, they need to be able to evidence checks. Failure to evidence checks can lead to fines of up to £3,000 per occupier.
The case was raised following the JCWI publishing their report Passport Please which included the statistic that 51% of landlords surveyed said that the scheme would make them less likely to consider letting to foreign nationals.
Rachel Hartley, Communications Manager at ARLA Propertymark said: “ARLA Propertymark has long called for clarity for the Right to Rent scheme in the interests of tenants, landlords and letting agents. We are urgently calling on government now to provide clarity before any further steps are taken in relation to freedom of movement post Brexit, or phase 3 rollout.”