Our argument for a new housing court

Thursday 21 January 2016

We have responded to the Civil Justice Council’s Property Disputes Working Group discussion paper and highlighted the need for the establishment of a new housing court or tribunal to deal with all matters concerning housing and property.

The discussion paper looked at the resolution of the cases in the broad area of landlord and tenant, property and housing law a particular view on access to justice and proportionality.

The paper is the first stage of the Working Group’s task to consider ways of streamlining the procedure of the courts and tribunals in housing cases and on removing the need as far as possible for litigants to go to more than one court or tribunal in the course of resolving their dispute.

Members of the Working Group include Siobhan McGrath (President First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) (Chair), Professor Helen Carr, Elizabeth Cooke (Principal Judge, Land Registration Division), Marc Dight (HHJ Central London Civil Justice Centre) William Jackson (District Judge) and Martin Rodger QC.

A series of questions were circulated to individuals and organisations with expertise in the area of housing and property law.

Our response included recognition of the need for a better rationalisation of dispute resolution for housing and property disputes because the ability for landlords to access a swift, efficient and cost effective justice system is a key component of a successful lettings industry.

We believe that by establishing a new housing court or tribunal to deal with all matters concerning housing and property this will speed up the system, increase expertise in the decision making process and ensure greater consistency with reduced costs.  

The Civil Justice Council is to hold a workshop in the coming months to consider and debate some of the questions raised by the discussion paper and the responses to it.

ARLA is following this issue very closely and hopes to attend the workshop.  


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