Last edited 13 Nov 2018

Housing court

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In November 2018, the Communities Secretary James Brokenshire announced a consultation on the possibility of establishing a Housing Court.

The specialist court would provide a single path of redress for landlords and tenants, helping to increase the speed and effectiveness of justice in the event of property disputes. The idea is that both parties would have increased security in the knowledge that there is somewhere to seek justice.

The introduction of the court would, the government suggests, reduce levels of confusion and other issues which can act as a deterrent to those often vulnerable people who are involved in housing disputes, e.g. being evicted at short notice, being stuck in sub-standard accommodation, and so on.

Other proposals to rebalance the tenant-landlord relationship include the reduction of multiple hearings in different courts, ensuring quick resolution of cases, and new guidance to assist both parties in navigating the legal system. By making it easier for responsible landlords to regain possession of their property, it is hoped they will feel able to offer longer and more secure tenancies.

James Brokenshire said:

"Everyone deserves to live in a safe and decent home, and this government is bringing about real change in making renting more secure. This is particularly important for families and vulnerable tenants who live with the fear of suddenly being forced to move, or fear eviction if they complain about problems with their home. It is also important for landlords who, in a minority of cases, struggle to get their property back when they have reason to do so. The proposals announced today will help ensure both tenants and landlords can access justice when they need it – creating a fair housing market that works for everyone."

For more information, and to respond to the consultation, see here.

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