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A Consultation on Procedure of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Housing and Property Chamber

A Consultation on Procedure of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Housing and Property Chamber

Friday, January 6, 2017

ISBN: 9781786527004

The Housing and Property Chamber aims to deliver benefits of specialism, consistency and improved access to justice for both tenants and landlords in private rented housing.

Executive Summary

The Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014 created a new, two-tier structure for devolved tribunals in Scotland. There is a First-tier Tribunal for first instance decisions and an Upper Tribunal (primarily for dealing with appeals) with a common system of leadership, appointments, practice and procedures, wherever practicable, under the overall leadership of the Lord President of the Court of Session.

The functions and members of the former Private Rented Housing Panel and Homeowner Housing Panel and associated committees transferred to the First-tier Tribunal on 1 December 2016. The Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 transfers jurisdiction for civil cases relating to the private rented sector from the Sheriff Court to the First-tier Tribunal.

Part one of this consultation seeks views on the draft First-tier Tribunal Housing & Property Chamber rules of procedure 2017. Part two seeks your views on the provision of publicly funded legal assistance in the H&P Chamber.