The Home Office has launched an appeal against the recent High Court ruling that Right to Rent breaks European human rights laws.

Judge Martin Spencer was scathing about the policy that makes landlords check the residency status of immigrants and British ethnic minorities.

He ruled Right to Rent leads to discrimination and urged the government not to roll-out the policy from England to the rest of the UK without carrying out a rigorous review as doing so could also flout equality laws.

Now, Home Office Minister for Immigration Caroline Nokes explained the government disagrees with the ruling and spelt out that landlords and letting agents need to obey the law.

“In the meantime, the provisions passed by this House in 2014 remain in force,” the statement by s said the minister.

“There are no immediate changes to the operation of the policy. Landlords and letting agents are still obliged to conduct Right to Rent checks as required in legislation.

“The law was and remains absolutely clear that discriminatory treatment on the part of anyone carrying out these checks is unlawful. And the Right to Rent legislation provides for a Code of Practice which sets out what landlords are expected to do.”

No date has been set for the Court of Appeal hearing.

Read the Home Office post-hearing statement in full