The Scottish Government has published a consultation Better Dispute Resolution in Housing: Consultation on Introduction of a New Housing Panel for Scotland.
The consultation seeks views on three principle options;
· Expanding the use of mediation, other forms of alternative dispute resolution and other early preventative action by landlords, tenants and relevant regulatory bodies.
· Creation of a Housing Panel providing a problem solving forum which might make binding interim orders before a case reached court; and
· Creation of a Housing Panel replacing the court as the main forum for resolving some rented housing disputes.