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New housing tribunal 06/09/2013 The Scottish Government has announced that a new housing tribunal for the private rented sector is to be created, to tackle disputes between landlords and tenants.

New housing tribunal

The Scottish Government has announced that a new housing tribunal for the private rented sector (PRS) is to be created, to tackle disputes between landlords and tenants.

At the moment these disputes are heard in the sheriff courts but, under plans to be included in the forthcoming Housing Bill, jurisdiction for these cases will be transferred to the PRS tribunal.

The move follows a recent consultation which highlighted that access through the courts can be particularly difficult for those in the private rented sector.

“The majority of housing disputes are resolved between the parties involved without having to go to a court or other decision-making bodies,” said Housing Minister Margaret Burgess. “However, where parties cannot reach an agreement to resolve their dispute, someone else needs to step in. By introducing a specialist private rented sector tribunal tenants and landlords will benefit from a more accessible and specialist decision maker for their disputes. This will enable increased access to effective justice.”
 

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