A number of buy-to-let landlords are discriminating against prospective tenants based on their nationality and ethnicity due to the impact that the Right to Rent scheme is having on the private rental market, a court has heard.

The government’s controversial initiative, which forces landlords to undertake immigration checks on prospective tenants, is currently being challenged in the High Court.

Under the scheme, which was introduced in 2016, landlords face the prospect of prosecution if they know or have reasonable cause to believe that the property they are letting is occupied by someone who does not have the right to rent in the UK.


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