A defeat for the UK Government in the High Court last week will have been met with relief by prospective tenants, private rental landlords and serviced apartment operators in the UK.
A key plank of the UK Government's 2014 Immigration Act - the Right to Rent Scheme - was ruled as discriminatory and a breach of human rights laws by Mr Justice Spencer, and Judges said it would be illegal to roll it out in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland without further evaluation taking place.
The Right to Rent Scheme was introduced in 2016, and was first trialled in the West Midlands. The scheme required landlords to verify the immigration status of prospective tenants - such as having sight of their passport or visa - and failure to do so is a criminal offence, putting landlords at risk of a fine or a maximum penalty of five years' imprisonment.
The scheme is part of the government's "hostile environment" policy, which aimed to reduce the number of illegal immigrants in the UK, and introduced under the 2014 Immigration Act, but lead to fears of discrimination against potential tenants as well as concerns from Landlords Associations that landlords were being made "untrained and unwilling Border Police" under the policy.
Mr Justice Spencer ruled that the scheme had "little or no effect" on its main aim of controlling immigration and even if it had, this was "significantly outweighed by the discriminatory effect".
He added that the evidence "strongly showed" that the scheme was causing landlords to discriminate against potential tenants because of their nationality and ethnicity.
The scheme, the judge said in his ruling, appeared to be having a "real effect" on people's ability to find accommodation and the MPs who voted for it "would be aghast" to see its consequences.