Legal challenge says ‘right to rent’ rules discriminate against non-UK nationals

The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants argues that status checks make landlords favour those with British passports

Plans to force landlords across Britain to check the immigration status of potential tenants will be challenged in court this week after claims that they are causing serious discrimination.

Landlords, politicians and immigration lawyers have all raised concerns about the “right to rent” policy, a key branch of the government’s attempt to create a “hostile environment” for illegal immigrants.

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