What is the First Tier Tribunal?
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What is the First Tier Tribunal?

It is noticed by many, that the world we live in is becoming increasingly more litigious and the costs for defending cases is increasing at the same time. Directors & Officers of Resident’s Associations or Right to Manage Companies can be held responsible by leaseholders for the decisions they make which could mean facing a claim and case to defend. Where do you go if this happens?

There are 7 chambers within the First-tier Tribunal and the First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) exists to provide a relatively inexpensive and quick resolution for disputes over property and land, including leasehold matters. Of course, there are still costs involved and if you lose, you may have to also pay the other sides costs. Therefore, the preference is of course to avoid the courts where possible, but it is an option that you should be aware of to consider should you find yourself in this position.

You can apply to the First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber - Residential Property) if you’re a landlord, tenant, freeholder, leaseholder, park home occupier or site owner. As it states on the government website, the cases you can apply for include:

  • rent increases for ‘fair’ or ‘market’ rates
  • leasehold disputes, for example variable service charges, recognising a tenants’ association, management disputes
  • leasehold enfranchisement, for example buying the freehold for a group of flats, extending a lease
  • disputes about park homes, for example breach of agreement, changing the pitch fee
  • financial penalties issued by local authorities
  • rent repayment orders
  • improvement notices and prohibition orders where your notice is under the Housing Act 2004
  • disputes about licences for houses in multiple occupation
  • the right to buy your council home being refused because it’s deemed suitable for elderly people
  • banned tenant fees you paid to a landlord or letting agent, for example fees for a credit check

This information has been extracted from the Government website which you can find here: https://www.gov.uk/housing-tribunals

For more information on the First Tier Tribunal visit: https://www.gov.uk/courts-tribunals/first-tier-tribunal-property-chamber

What to do next

Here at Pi Property Insurance, in partnership with Zurich Insurance, we have developed a bespoke solution that enables you to obtain Directors & Officers cover that extends to include First Tier Tribunal cover. Cover is more affordable than you think, get in touch if you are interested in a quote.

If you would like further information or to discuss this, please contact us on 01789 761660 and speak to one of our property professionals.