Introduction of a New Housing Panel for Scotland

The Scottish Government is working to deliver a well functioning housing system for the people of Scotland.  An important part of that work is to ensure that where housing problems and disputes arise, they can be resolved effectively and efficiently. Access is justice is crucial to maintaining positive long-term relationships between landlords, tenants and the wider community.

This consultation examines three principal options:

  • Expanding the use of mediation, other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and other early preventative action by landlords, tenants and relevant regulatory bodies in resolving housing disputes;
  • Creation of a Housing Panel providing a problem solving forum which might make binding interim orders before a case reached court; and
  • Creation of a Housing Panel replacing the court as the main forum for resolving some housing dispute.

The full consultation paper is available from:

ARLA's response to the consultation is attached here.