The High Court has ruled that current laws which mean landlords can face fines or a prison sentence for failing to check whether tenants have a right to be in the UK, are a breach of human rights laws and can lead to discrimination.
The case was brought forward by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants.
In response, a spokesperson for the Home Office has said:
We are disappointed with the judgment and we have been granted permission to appeal, which reflects the important points of law that were considered in the case. In the meantime, we are giving careful consideration to the judge's comments.