First-tier Tribunal for Scotland

Ground-breaking decision 'highlights inadequate protection for PRS tenants'

The Housing & Property Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (FTS) has made the first ever award of a Wrongful Termination Order, penalising a landlord who had evicted a tenant on bogus grounds.

Published 11 January 2021

350 eviction notices served by landlords since lockdown

Landlords in Scotland have served 350 notices instructing people to leave their homes since the beginning of lockdown, exacerbating fears of a “tidal wave of evictions” when courts re-open.

Published 10 August 2020

Housing tribunal resumes publication of tenancy deposit case management discussions

The First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber) has resumed issuing written decisions in Case Management Discussions following the resumption of proceedings from July 9.

Published 4 August 2020

Property development firm that managed flats 'not a property factor', Inner House rules

A property development firm has succeeded in appealing a decision of the Upper Tribunal for Scotland that they were considered the property factors of a building under the Property Factors (Scotland) Act 2011 and were required to comply with the Property Factor Code of Conduct.

Published 15 May 2020

Housing and Property Chamber cases postponed

The Housing and Property Chamber has postponed scheduled hearings and case management discussions (CMDs) from 18 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 20 March 2020

Tenant’s appeal to recover £14,000 pre-payment from landlord rejected by Upper Tribunal

A “low income” tenant who sued his former landlord for repayment of his deposit of almost £14,000 on the basis that the pre-payment arrangement was a “requirement” that was “imposed” upon him has had his appeal dismissed.

Published 19 February 2020

First-tier Tribunal for Scotland makes first unlawful eviction decision

The First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Housing and Property Chamber has awarded £18,000 in damages to a tenant who was unlawfully evicted from their Glasgow flat in 2015, the first decision of its kind to come out of the FtT.

Published 15 January 2020

Majority of Scottish landlords comply with tenancy deposit laws

The majority of Scottish landlords (99.9%) comply with tenancy deposit laws, however, at least 290 landlords failed to protect tenancy deposits since 1 December 2017, according to new research by SafeDespotits Scotland.

Published 9 January 2020