Government consults on special housing court for rental disputes

16 Nov 18

A specialist housing court would speed up access to justice for landlords and tenant locked in disputes, the communities secretary has said.

The government is seeking views from landlords, tenants and property owners on proposals for a court specifically designated for housing matters.

If created, the government claims the court could provide “a single path of redress for both landlords and tenants”, allowing them to receive “faster and more effective justice”.

Housing secretary James Brokenshire said the government wanted to make 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.”

He claimed that the proposals would give both tenants and landlords access to justice when they need it, supporting a fair rental market.

The consultation applies to England only and runs until 22 January.

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