Greig Adams a Divisional Director of Capita Real Estate and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has been appointed onto the Private Rented Housing Panel which is a Tribunal hearing residential property related disputes.
From the 1st of December 2016, the existing Private Rented Housing Panel (PRHP) and Home Owner Housing Panel (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).
The Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014 creates a two-tier structure which will bring improvements to the structure, management and organisation of Tribunals of which the new Chamber sits. 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.
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.
Mr Adams said of the appointment "I am delighted to have been appointed at this time onto the Private Rented Housing Panel (PRHP) and to the imminent transfer of my appointment onto the newly formed Housing and Property Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland on the 1st December 2016. The appointment provides a great deal of responsibility and I am relishing the role and the associated rewards associated with improving people's lives by ensuring compliance with the legal repairing standards within the private rented sector".