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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. This exercise is due to launch at 13:00 on 23 January.
There are three immediate appointments and one on a reserve list to fill vacancies that may arise within the next two years.
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.
Ceri Jones and Roger Baynham have both been sitting as Professional Members of the Residential Property Tribunal, Wales for more than 15 years. Read Ceri Jones’ case study and Roger Baynham's case study to find out more about the role.
Who can apply?
All Members and Fellows (not Associates) of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors are invited 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
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.
Professional Members must be able to travel independently 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.
Preparing your application
Throughout the selection process, candidates will be assessed against a competency framework specifically tailored to the role of a Professional Member of the Residential Property Tribunal. The framework lists the ways in which a person demonstrates the required skills and abilities when working effectively in post.
As part of your application you will be required to provide, in no more than 250 words per competency, specific examples that demonstrate how your experiences make you suitable for the role. Further information on completing the self-assessment and choosing the best examples is on the JAC website. You are advised to start preparing your examples in advance, putting aside sufficient time to develop relevant examples that demonstrate your suitability for the post.
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.