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Housing and Property Chamber consultation 10/01/2017 The Scottish Government is consulting on new rules that will govern the operation of the Housing and Property Chamber of the new First-tier Tribunal

Housing and Property Chamber consultation

The Scottish Government is consulting on new rules that will govern the operation of the Housing and Property Chamber of the new First-tier Tribunal, as it expands to cover additional types of private rented sector disputes.

The move follows the transfer of the old Private Rented Housing Panel/Homeowner Housing Panel to the Chamber in December last year.

The First-tier Tribunal is part of the new, simplified statutory framework for devolved tribunals in Scotland, established by the Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014.

The latest consultation, on ‘Procedure of the First Tier Tribunal Housing and Property Chamber’ seeks views on ‘on the operational procedure of the Housing and Property Chamber for hearing the disputes transferring from the Sheriff court, disputes under the new letting agents regime and disputes involving the new tenancies established by the Private Tenancies (Scotland) Act 2016.’

According to the consultation, ‘The Housing and Property Chamber will specialise in housing matters with operational procedures that will put the needs of the user first. The new forum will enable a less adversarial approach, allow the parties to engage directly with the Tribunal. We want to improve access by making the process more understandable, more user-friendly.’

Comments are sought by 31st March 2017.

The consultation can be found here.

 

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