Valuation: Tribunals
Communities and Local Government

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Grant Shapps (Shadow Minister (Housing), Communities and Local Government; Welwyn Hatfield, Conservative)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

(1) how many disputes relating to (a) service charges and (b) TV aerial digital switchover were dealt with by the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal service in (A) each of the last three years and (B) 2009 to date;

(2) how many long leases were varied by the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal service under the terms of Part IV of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 in each of the last 10 years;

(3) how many disputes of each category were dealt with by the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal service in each of the last three years.

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Ian Austin (Minister of State (the West Midlands), Regional Affairs, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (the West Midlands), Department for Communities and Local Government; Dudley North, Labour)

The information is as follows:

Cases dealt with by the Residential Property Tribunal Service 2006 - 09
2006 2007 2008 2009( 1)
Fair rents 2,173 1,993 1,847 1,856
Market rents 916 859 936 1,007
Leasehold enfranchisement and lease extension 3,000 3,352 3,032 2,177
Service charges etc. 1,848 1,715 2,141 2,884
Right to buy appeals 142 75 45 29
Housing Act 2004 cases 49 206 248 241
Others 33 27 32 24
Total 8,161 8,227 8,281 8,218
(1) Projected.

Notes:

1. 'Fair rents' cases are those involving regulated tenancies under the Rent Act 1977.

2. 'Market rent' cases are those involving assured and assured shorthold tenancies established under the Housing Act 1988.

3. 'Right to buy appeals' are determinations made by residential property tribunals as to the suitability of housing for occupation by the elderly.

4. 'Housing Act 2004' cases relate to those powers given to residential property tribunals in respect of the Housing, Health & Safety Rating System, management orders under the Act and the licensing of houses in multiple occupation.

Projected totals for 2009 are based on actual figures for the first 10 months of the year, extrapolated to 12 month totals.

The information sought on how many long leases were varied by the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal service under the terms of Part IV of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 in each of the last 10 years, which is only held from 30 September 2003 when jurisdiction was transferred from the courts to Leasehold Valuation Tribunals, is not immediately available.

I will write to the hon. Member as soon as this information becomes available.

The number of disputes dealt with by Leasehold Valuation Tribunals relating to service charges in each of the last three years, and 2009 to date, are identified in the above table.

I am aware of one dispute dealt with by the Leasehold Valuation Tribunals in 2009 relating to digital switchover. However, no specific records are kept identifying the disputed components of each individual service charge case dealt with by Leasehold Valuation Tribunals, including disputes relating to TV aerial digital switchover.

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