15th – 17th January 2020
The SSHD appeals the High Court order of Mr Justice Spencer dated 1 March 2019 which found in favour of the claimants to the effect that the right to rent scheme was unlawful; and, pursuant to s 4 of the HRA 1998, ss 20-37 of the Immigration Act 2014 (the scheme) (as amended by ss 39-40 of the Immigration Act 2016) are incompatible with Art. 14 of the ECHR in conjunction with Art. 8.
The purpose of the Scheme is to tackle and discourage illegal residence and reduce the number of tenancies available to those who are in the UK illegally, thereby easing pressure on the housing market for lawful residents as well as pressures on other public services and increasing employment opportunities for lawful residents, and to enable rogue landlords who deliberately exploit the situation of illegal immigrants to be penalised or prevented from doing so.
Read the lower court Judgment.