The “hostile environment“ is under the spotlight again. This time, government policy is being challenged in the High Court for its impact on renters – specifically, non-white British people who have been refused tenancy due to their skin colour and lack of a British passport.
Lawyers are contesting the Right to Rent scheme, introduced in 2016, which places the onus on landlords to check the immigration status of prospective tenants. A vital component in Theresa May’s plan to make Britain a “hostile place for illegal migrants”, it seeks to ensure that no one without the right to remain in the country manages to slip into private accommodation.
But, rather like the mistakes made in the Windrush fiasco, the measure has had unintended consequences.