Communities secretary James Brokenshire has laid out proposals to help landlords and tenants settle disputes.

Brokenshire wants to set up a housing court that can offer both sides justice and compensation.

The new court would replace the current system of tribunals and courts that handle housing disputes.

“Everyone deserves to live in a safe and decent home, and this government is bringing about real change in making renting more secure,” said the secretary.

“This is particularly important for families and vulnerable tenants who live with the fear of suddenly being forced to move, or fear eviction if they complain about problems with their home. It is also important for landlords who, in a minority of cases, struggle to get their property back when they have reason to do so.

“The proposals announced today will help ensure both tenants and landlords can access justice when they need it – creating a fair housing market that works for everyone.”

The housing court would also speed up the legal process for tenants and landlords, said Brokenshire.

He explained the court would scrap multiple hearings in different courts and stop the need to transfer cases between courts.

Brokenshire also reiterated that the government intends to demand landlords should join a redress scheme.

The call for evidence from landlords, letting agents and other property professionals only applies to England.

“Tenants, landlords and agents can bring a range of housing issues to the courts or First-tier Tribunal to resolve disputes and enforce their rights,” says the consultation.

“However, concerns have been raised that this does not always work as effectively as it could. Tenants and landlords have suggested that it can be difficult for them to navigate bringing a case to court without support.

“We want to explore ways of reducing delays and improving the service for all users who bring housing cases to the courts and tribunal services.”

View the consultation document