*R (on the application of Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Residential Landlords Association and others intervening)

Human rights – Discrimination. Sections 20-37 of the Immigration Act 2014, concerning the 'right to rent' scheme, which imposed obligations on landlords to take measures to ensure that they did not provide private accommodation to those in the UK illegally, were incompatible with art 14, in conjunction with art 8, of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Administrative Court further declared that a decision by the defendant Secretary of State to commence the scheme in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland without further evaluation of its efficacy and discriminatory impact would be irrational and would constitute a breach of s 149 of the Equality Act 2010.

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