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Right to Rent ruled 'a breach of human rights law'

The High Court has today ruled the government’s controversial Right to Rent scheme breaches human rights law, following an intervention by the RLA.

The RLA has opposed this unfair and discriminatory legislation – and supported the court challenge fighting it - from the start.

The RLA warned landlords would be unwilling to act as border police and told the government that, with the threat of a five-year jail sentence and unlimited fines hanging over them, many would opt to ‘play it safe’ and only rent to those with British passports.

Today, delivering his verdict in the High Court, Mr Justice Martin Spencer confirmed discrimination was taking place as a direct result of Right to Rent and was “logical and wholly predicable” when looking at the potential penalties. 

The RLA feels as though the government now has no choice but to scrap Right to Rent and have written to the Home Secretary asking for an urgent meeting to discuss the implications of the ruling.

The High Court verdict is not the only positive news today, with NatWest announcing it will be axing mortgage conditions that bar landlords from renting to benefit claimants.

The bank will also now allow landlords to offer three-year tenancies as standard.

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