Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Eviction without court order

The latest anti-immigrant move is something else which surely Liberal Democrats in government would have prevented. There is now pressure on landlords, which the worst will no doubt gleefully bow to, to evict tenants they do not want unless their proof of citizenship is impeccable. The penalties for letting to failed immigrants are draconian and there is no legal aid in such cases, so the power of landlords and the authorities would be much increased.

No doubt Mr Cameron and Mrs May hope to garner favourable headlines in the conservative press. However, they may get the reverse when the first baby is put out on the street.

Thankfully for civil rights and good order in Wales the amendment will apply only to England. I trust that Labour in Cardiff will not be coerced into incorporating it into our housing law.