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Fee-paid Professional Members of the Residential Property Tribunal Wales
Key opportunities have arisen for Chartered Surveyors to contribute to the work of a small independent tribunal, helping to resolve disputes relating to private rented and leasehold property.
There are three immediate appointments and one on a reserve list to fill vacancies that may arise within the next two years.
Professional Members are required in south Wales, in particular the south-east, although successful candidates may be asked to hear cases across the whole of Wales depending on business need.
About the tribunal
The Residential Property Tribunal Wales was established under the Housing Act 2004 to adjudicate over rental, leasehold and service charge cases within the social and private housing sectors. Although the tribunal is funded by the Welsh Government, the tribunal, its members and decisions, are independent of central and local government.
The types of dispute dealt with by the tribunal are wide ranging and include:
- Disputes between landlords and tenants in the private sector concerning rent levels
- Disputes between leaseholders and freeholders
- Service charge cases within the social and private housing sectors
- Applications under the Mobile Homes (Wales) Act 2013
About the role
Tribunal hearings are usually attended by a professional member, a lawyer chairperson and, in some cases, a lay member. As the professional member you will be required to read and assimilate papers in a case before it commences and take an active role in the hearing, drawing on your specialist knowledge and experience of valuation and other matters, in order to provide the tribunal with clear advice and guidance.
The lawyer chairperson, will conduct the proceedings and advise the tribunal on matters of law.
Who can apply?
All Members and Fellows of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors are invited to apply. Associates of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors are not eligible to apply. No judicial experience is required; training will be provided upon appointment.
The Commission encourages diversity and welcomes applications from groups currently under represented in the judiciary. The principles of fair and open competition will apply and recommendation for appointment will be made solely on merit.
About the appointments
Whilst there is a specific need for Professional Members in south Wales, in particular the southeast, candidates must be able to travel independently throughout the whole of Wales and be willing to stay overnight when necessary. Reasonable costs for travel and subsistence will be paid for by the tribunal.
Although it is not possible to guarantee a minimum number of sitting days, candidates should be able to offer at least 5 days a year to the tribunal.
Check the JAC website regularly for updates and sign up for alerts to receive email notifications concerning the progress of this exercise up to launch.