Unopposed lease renewals under Part II of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 issued in Central London County Court are now being transferred automatically to the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) (“FTT”) under a mandatory pilot scheme which started on 1 January 2018.
Under the scheme, parties must adhere to a compressed 20 week timetable, save for an optional 3 month stay of proceedings at the outset or in exceptional circumstances. Trials are heard by an FTT judge sitting with an expert valuer sitting as a court assessor. PLA representatives attend user group meetings and have also been in dialogue with the FTT to give feedback and raise concerns.
Following an initial period of one year, the success or otherwise of the pilot is being reviewed with a view to making the scheme permanent and/or rolling it out to other County Court venues. This is core business for PLA members and so vital that their views are heard and taken into account when deciding what happens next. So, whether or not you have first-hand experience of the pilot scheme, and whether or not you are based in London, we would urge you to complete the short survey to tell us what you think. All PLA members’ responses will be collated and provided to the FTT for consideration, and will be an important part of our future discussions with them.
The Law Reform Committee