Fees for applications in respect of enfranchisement matters made to the Property Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal will be introduced later this month, a year on from when the Ministry of Justice proposed a new round of court fee rises.
To date there have been no court fees associated with submitting an application seeking a determination on issues regarding a new lease or collective claim to buy the freehold.
The proposed fees will be £100 on submitting the application and £200 when the matter is listed for a hearing. Whilst the additional costs will not be popular, the fees are much more reasonable than the higher fees the Government initially proposed on the basis that enfranchisement cases often have large sums of money at stake.
No doubt the position (and revenue!) of fees will be monitored by the Government with the possibility that the fees will increase further down the line depending on the value of the case. When explaining the proposed fees, the Ministry of Justice said the courts and tribunals ‘must continue to play their part’ in the ‘national effort’ to reduce public spending, eliminate the deficit and reduce the national debt. No doubt this national effort is just as important now, if not more so, in the aftermath of Brexit.
Further information will be released shortly by the Property Chamber and we will keep you up to date here.