Court judgement proves flaws in Right to Rent
A landmark court judgement may have a significant impact on the Government’s Right to Rent legislation.
The airline Ryanair won a civil court case after successfully appealing against fines imposed by the Home Office for carrying illegal immigrants into the UK as the judge found that the airline staff could not be expected to spot cleverly forged passports that even trained immigration officers found hard to detect.
The judge said the way the regime for airlines to check passports is operated by the Home Office “offends the basic concepts of justice and indeed rule of law.”
The RLA believes that this ruling could impact on the Government’s ‘Right to Rent’ policy as the connotations of this ruling could well impact upon the enforcement of the ‘Right to Rent’ policy, despite the fact that the ruling may not be consistent with that of other courts, it highlights the prospect that landlords may be able to appeal against a prosecution had they been faced with a well-forged document.
The ruling comes just days before the House of Lords debates a motion seeking to suspend the roll out of the Right to Rent scheme across the country.
RLA Policy Director, David Smith commented “This court ruling vindicates what we have been saying all along, that landlords cannot and should not be expected to act as border police or to detect forgeries that trained and experienced airline staff and immigration officers might miss. In light of this case and to save the Government money from losing similar actions brought by landlords, we call on the Government to provide better information to landlords about document forgeries and offer more clarity as to the legal responsibility of landlords duped by forged identify documents.”
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