THE Government is considering introducing a specialist housing court where landlords and tenants can seek redress in the event of property disputes.
Under the proposals, unveiled by housing minister James Brokenshire MP, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) claims it enable access to “faster and more effective justice”.
“Everyone deserves to live in a safe and decent home, and this government is bringing about real change in making renting more secure,” said Brokenshire.
“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.
“The proposals announced will help ensure both tenants and landlords can access justice when they need it – creating a fair housing market that works for everyone.”
With housing disputes held in a number of different legal settings, the process can be confusing and act as a deterrent to some of the most vulnerable seeking justice, MHCLG said. A new housing court would address this issue, it added.
Other proposals the Government is to consider include reducing the need for multiple hearings in different courts, transferring certain types of housing cases between the courts and tribunal or vice-versa to ensure cases are resolved quickly and issuing new guidance to help tenants and landlords navigate their way through the legal system.