Housing and Property Chamber



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

Housing and Property Chamber continues postponement of cases

The Housing and Property Chamber has extended its postponement of case management discussions (CMDs) and scheduled hearings until July 9 at the earliest.

Published 27 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

Tenant’s private residential tenancy appeal dismissed

A tenant in a house of multiple occupancy who claimed she and her landlords were subject to a private residential tenancy (PRT) has had her appeal dismissed.

Published 17 October 2019

Housing and Property Chamber erred in dismissing case as ‘frivolous and vexatious’, Upper Tribunal rules

The First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Housing and Property Chamber (FtT) was wrong to dismiss an application to hear a dispute as “frivolous and vexatious”, the Upper Tribunal for Scotland (UT) has ruled.

Published 25 September 2019

North East landlords ‘among Scotland’s best’ for deposit protection

Landlords of rented properties in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire are being praised for renting responsibly after SafeDeposits Scotland researched rates of landlords failing to protect tenants’ deposits.

Published 15 August 2019

Landlord who failed to pay tenancy deposit into approved scheme for four years unsuccessful in appeal

A landlord who failed to pay a tenancy deposit into an approved deposit scheme until four years into the tenancy has been unsuccessful in challenging a payment order.

Published 12 August 2019

More than 200 landlords breach tenant deposit rules in 18 months

A law designed to protect the deposits of private tenants across Scotland has been breached by more than 200 landlords in the last 18 months, new figures have revealed.

Published 12 July 2019

Upper Tribunal rules building can be demolished even with outstanding repair enforcement order

The Upper Tribunal for Scotland has ruled that the existence of a repairing standard enforcement order did not prevent a trust from having the requisite intention to demolish a building as per Schedule 5 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988.

Published 1 July 2019

Blog: The Private Rented Tenancy Regime… one year on

Marking one year since the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act saw private rented civil cases transferred to the Housing and Property Chamber, BTO solicitor Lauren McLeod provides comment on how the tribunals have been working in practice.

Published 15 January 2019

Private rented sector work within the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland

The First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Housing and Property Chamber has provided the following stakeholder communication regarding private rented sector cases and residential tenancies.

Published 11 January 2019