On 1 July 2013, the Residential Property Tribunal, Leasehold Valuation Tribunal, Rent Tribunal, Rent Assessment Committee and the Agricultural Land Tribunal were replaced by the First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) in England. See our article about these changes here.

Regulation 26 Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Property Chamber) Rules 2013 allows for the creation of practice directions which provide details of addition documents which must accompany any application to the Tribunal.

Practice directions have now been made and can be downloaded from the Judiciary website here.

In particular, of interest to landlords and agents will be the Forms in Residential Property cases in the Property Chamber. For example, schedule 1 of the practice direction gives details of additional documents required when an appeal is made against a Housing Health and Safety Rating System notice or order such as an improvement notice or prohibition order. The additional documents required to be provided on appeal are in essence things like the notice being appealed, the statement of reasons as to why the notice was served and any grounds of the application.

The practice directions also cover documents needed where the appeal is in relation to a HMO license or management order.

The Property Chambers Areas Practice Direction provides details of which region will have responsibility for the administration of applications unless the tribunal decides to transfer it to another region and details of the appropriate addresses.