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Rent Tribunals (Costs)

Volume 973: debated on Thursday 8 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will introduce legislation to ensure that private sector tenants who go to the rent tribunal to object to their rent and who are not successful should have to pay the costs of the hearing of the case, and the landlord's costs.

No. Costs are not normally awarded at administrative tribunals such as rent tribunals. Such a provision would constitute a significant deterrent to the use of the rent tribunal and rent officer services by tenants.