Solve a residential property dispute
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. 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
The tribunal is independent of government and will listen to both sides of the argument before making a decision.
There are different ways to apply in Wales, apply in Scotland and apply in Northern Ireland.
Help you can get
You may want to get help and advice before you apply - contact Leasehold Advisory Service or Citizens Advice.
You can also get legal advice, including from a lawyer.