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New proposals for housing court announced

Whilst Westminster is in disarray over Brexit this week, there has been one proposal announced that hasn’t caused quite such chaos.

Housing Secretary James Brokenshire led ministers in the unveiling of a proposal for a new housing court, designed to assist landlords and tenants to receive faster and more effective justice in all property related disputes.

The move, which mirrors that of the system currently in place in Scotland’s First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber), would create one single path for redress for landlords and tenants, allowing both parties to have one dedicated ‘place to go to seek justice, with the power to resolve the dispute.’

It is thought that the court will be a real comfort to families and vulnerable tenants, who are concerned about the risk of unfair or illegal evictions. It is hoped that the proposals, part of the £1bn Reform Programme will help build a justice system that is fair, straightforward and accessible, as well as cutting down lengthy court proceedings and speeding up final case resolution times.

The government are seeking views on the proposals, with the Call for Evidence open until January 22nd. This can be viewed here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/H52PC8P

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 will help ensure both tenants and landlords can access justice when they need it – creating a fair housing market that works for everyone.

Housing Secretary James Brokenshire

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