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The Lands Tribunal & Compensation Act (NI) 1964 (1964 C. 29) provides for the Tribunal to act as an arbitrator under a reference by consent relating to any matter affecting the value or the use or development of any land.

NOTE however that some cases may require reference to other legislation. The updated Statutes of Northern Ireland are available at the UK Statute Law Database.

The first step is to complete one of two types of application form. If you wish to refer a rent review to the Tribunal complete a Rent Review Application. For other disputes complete a Other Statutory Provisions (Form F) and send to the Registrar  together with the appropriate fee (see the Rules).

The case will then be listed for mention before the Tribunal. This is an informal meeting to identify the issues. Once those are clear the Tribunal will make detailed directions for the preparation and Hearing of the case.

Usually sometime after the hearing, the Tribunal will give its decision with reasons in writing. NOTE however that such arbitrations are treated as private and the decisions of the Tribunal are not published. An index of previous decisions, in other cases, is set out in the Table of Cases together with links to downloadable copies.