Right to Rent ruling is welcome news for Londoners

March 1st, 2019

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In response to today’s ruling that the Right to Rent scheme is incompatible with human rights law, Labour’s London Assembly Housing Spokesperson, Tom Copley AM said:

“Today’s ruling by the High Court is an indictment of the Government’s ‘hostile environment’ policy and welcome news both for Londoners in the private rented sector and for landlords who have been compelled to act as an extension of the border force by this policy.

“Right to Rent checks discriminate against people from ethnic minority groups and anyone without a British passport. The impact of Right to Rent has been most keenly felt in a multicultural city like London.

“In light of this damning judgement, the Government should now move quickly to comply with the law and end the ‘hostile environment’ policy once and for all.

“We continue to call for the devolution of authority over the private rented sector to City Hall and look forward to the publication of the Mayor of London’s proposed ‘London Model’ of private renting to improve security of tenure and living conditions for all Londoners, regardless of their background.”



  • Research by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants found that 42% of landlords would be unlikely to rent to prospective tenants without passports, while over 25% would less likely to rent to those with a foreign name or accent
  • Tom Copley AM is a Londonwide Assembly Member