From the 1st of December 2016, the existing panels, PRHP and HOHP, will become known as the Housing and Property Chamber.
The Chamber will sit within the newly-created First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (First-tier Tribunal). The administration will still be provided by the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) and the same experienced staff will continue to process work as happens currently.
Changes you will notice are that the PRHP and HOHP names will no longer be used and correspondence will be from the Housing and Property Chamber. They will continue to have their own dedicated website with the same level of information covering all published decisions and information about future hearings.
It may be helpful to explain how the new Chamber fits into the context of the implementation of the new Scottish Tribunals structure. The Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014 creates a two-tier structure which will bring improvements to the structure, management and organisation of Tribunals.
Applications will initially be sent to the First-tier Tribunal for determination with an onward appeal route to the Upper Tribunal for Scotland, rather than to the Courts as at present. The First-tier Tribunal for Scotland and the Upper Tribunal for Scotland (Upper Tribunal) will be collectively known as the Scottish Tribunals. Details on how to appeal to the Upper Tribunal will follow in due course.
The Housing and Property Chamber will continue to deal with determinations of rent or repair issues in private sector housing as well as assistance in exercising a landlord’s right of entry. The Chamber will also provide relatively informal and flexible proceedings to help resolve issues that arise between homeowners and property factors. The Chamber will also start to hear more private rented sector cases from December 2017 including the new letting agents’ regime, transfer of jurisdiction from the sheriff courts and new private tenancies
The President of the new Chamber will be Mrs Aileen Devanny – currently President of PRHP and HOHP. Existing members will transfer to the new Tribunal.