What Is The Residential Property Tribunal?


The Residential Property Tribunal is one of the seven chambers in the First-tier Tribunal: it has been set up to resolve disputes relating to private and leasehold property.

The Residential Property First-tier Tribunal deals with matters such as lease extensions, property disputes, boundary disputes and land registration matters as well as agricultural land and drainage matters.

It normally consists of a panel of three members: a legally trained member, a surveyor and a lay person. Having all three various members sitting on the case allows for a balanced perspective.

A hearing must be in public except where the tribunal is satisfied that in the circumstances of the case and subject to the overriding objective the hearing should be held in private.

The Tribunal’s practice and procedure is governed heavily by what is known as the “Overriding Objective” – which is to ensure that all cases are dealt with fairly and as conciliatorily as possible.

The members consider how complicated the issue being disputed is, what the costs are, and ensure that everyone involved is able to fully take part in the proceedings. Tribunal hearings are also fairy informal – in contrast to hearings held at County Courts or at the High Court.

The First-tier Tribunal will consider evidence and arguments from both sides. If there is a hearing, the members of the panel may ask questions, but their role is mostly focused on making a decision based on the evidence that has been provided.

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