The Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014 establishes an integrated structure of tribunals with a First-tier Tribunal (FTT) and an Upper Tribunal. Jurisdictions within the First-tier Tribunal will be organised into ‘chambers’ according to the nature of the dispute.
On 1st December, the Private Rented the Private Rented Housing Panel/Homeowner Housing Panel transferred to the FTT –the first of the existing tribunals to move to the new structure.
We are developing a single set of operational rules to apply across all jurisdictions in the Housing and Property Chamber. These are required for the expansion of the Chamber to other private rented sector disputes.
Why We Are Consulting
To seek your views on the operational procedure of the Housing & 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.
The Housing & 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.