The First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber)

First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber)

The First-Tier Tribunal – Property Chamber (Residential Property) (formerly the Residential Property Tribunal) has 5 regional offices which provide an independent service in England for settling disputes involving private rented and leasehold property. The tribunal has no powers to become involved in commercial property disputes.

Legislation has given the tribunal powers to settle certain types of dispute which would otherwise have to be dealt with by the courts. The tribunal aims to provide easier and cheaper access to justice. While there is a scale of fees for some, but not all, types of dispute, there is no fee for dealing with disputes about the price payable for the acquisition freeholds or lease extensions and market or fair rents.

Scotland and Wales have their own tribunal systems for hearing private rented and leasehold property disputes.

This section is currently being updated and will be live in early 2017