On July 21st 2013, the LVT became a First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber). It runs through the same network of five regional offices and appeals will continue to be heard in the  Lands Chamber (as part of the Upper Tribunal) except for those relating to land registration cases which must be made to the Tax and Chancery Chamber of the Upper Tribunal. The FTT will still be independent of government and will hear both sides of cases from landlords, tenants, freeholders and leaseholders such as:

  1. Enfranchisement disputes (buying the freehold);
  2. Individual lease extension (houses and flats) disputes;
  3. Right to Manage claims;
  4. Management orders;
  5. Lease variations;
  6. Breaches of covenant determinations;
  7. Variable service charge disputes;
  8. Determination of rent increases for ‘fair’ or ‘market’ rates;
  9. Recognising a tenants’ association
  10. Improvement notices and prohibition orders under the Housing Act 2004;
  11. Disputes about licences for houses in multiple occupation.


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