You usually have to pay your own expenses and legal costs if you’re involved in a residential property case before the Tribunal.
Costs can be awarded by the Tribunal when:
- there is a written contract (usually a lease) allowing a party (usually a landlord) to claim costs from the other party or parties (usually a tenant)
- an Act of Parliament says so
- a party’s representative has unreasonably increased costs incurred by another party (sometimes called a ‘wasted costs’ order)
- a party has unreasonably, brought, defended or conducted a case before the tribunal