Government proposals to introduce new ‘Housing Court’ In order to speed up disputes between landlords and tenants

Government proposals to introduce new ‘Housing Court’ In order to speed up disputes between landlords and tenants

According to the government, the introduction of a Housing Court will be “particularly important” for families and vulnerable tenants “who live with the fear of suddenly being forced to move”.

Currently such disputes are heard in the county court before passing through the High Court and magistrates’ court, but the plans would create a streamlined legal service.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government said the housing courts would “provide a single path of redress for both landlords and tenants”.

The department added: “The vast majority of landlords are responsible owners, but a number of tenants continue to live with the fear of being evicted at short notice or remain stuck in poor accommodation.

“With housing disputes held in a number of different legal settings, the process can be confusing and act as deterrent to some of the most vulnerable seeking justice.”

Outlining the plans James Brokenshire, the communities secretary, said: “Everyone deserves to live in a safe and decent home, and this government is bringing about real change in making renting more secure.

Mr Javid’s successor, James Brokenshire, has now issued a “call for evidence” to consult on the housing court for the next two months by seeking views from tenants, landlords and owners saying; “The proposals announced today will help ensure both tenants and landlords can access justice when they need it – creating a fair housing market that works for everyone.

Responding to the announcement the Resident Landlords Association said improving and speeding up access to justice “would be good news for landlords and tenants”, adding: “It will help root out criminal landlords more quickly, give tenants better ability to enforce rights granted by new legislation on property fitness, and give greater confidence to landlords to offer longer tenancies.”