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Government plans Housing Court to rule on disputes between landlords and tenants

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  • 13/11/2018
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Government plans Housing Court to rule on disputes between landlords and tenants
Landlords and tenants are to receive faster and more effective justice in the event of property disputes under a proposed Housing Court.

 

The government has unveiled plans to provide the court with powers to resolve disagreements, giving both parties a route for redress.

The system would help build a fairer housing market, and rebalance the relationship between landlords and tenants, the ministry of housing said.

The current system can be confusing with housing disputes held in a number of different legal settings.

This can deter vulnerable people from seeking justice, the government added.

It’s also hoped a housing court could give landlords confidence to offer longer and more secure tenancies, by making it easier to regain possession should they need to.

A consultation seeking views on experiences of using the courts and tribunals systems in property cases is open until January 22.

Communities secretary 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.”

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