Corruption in the Housing and Property Chamber

Ian Cameron made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service

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Dear Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service,

There have been some concerns over the conduct of the Tribunal members of the Housing and Property Chamber in relation to a case that has been in existence for some long time. It is also of concern that a Repairing Standard Enforcement Order has been on the property in question for over 16 months.

In a Re-inspection last May, the surveyor, Mr M Links, stood talking to the landlord for 15 minutes prior to the commencement of the Hearing. The landlord could be heard making some very serious allegations against the tenant which were totally untrue.

During the re-inspection, Mr Links gave his instructions on the requirements for work in order to comply with the Repairing Standard. He went into some detail and this was noted by the parties. When his report came out, the instructions given at the Hearing were absent. This bore no resemblance to what had been said by him on the day.

The information sought is as follows:

1) Are Tribunal members permitted to speak to one of the parties outwith a Hearing?

2) What is the procedure in the event this happens?

3) Prima Facie, it represents Misconduct in Public Office. Have any Tribunal members been investigated in respect of such behaviour in the past 12 months? What was the outcome?

3) In what circumstances would a surveyor's report differ from the contents of the discussion at a Hearing?

4) Since the report from Mr Links had two decisions which favoured the landlord, what steps are taken to ensure impartiality on the part of Tribunal members?

5) One of the parties recorded proceedings and can corroborate the facts in this case. Despite this, no one has asked to hear the recording so as to see the events for themselves. Why would the Housing and Property Chamber fail to consider evidence which proves a Tribunal member is corrupt?

Yours faithfully,

Ian Cameron

Foi, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service

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Russell, Natasha,

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Dear Mr Cameron,

 

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA)

 

I acknowledge receipt of your request made under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002 which was received on 8th February 2018.

The request is for information as follows:

 

1) Are Tribunal members permitted to speak to one of the parties outwith a
Hearing?

 

2) What is the procedure in the event this happens?

 

3) Prima Facie, it represents Misconduct in Public Office. Have any
Tribunal members been investigated in respect of such behaviour in the
past 12 months? What was the outcome?

 

3) In what circumstances would a surveyor's report differ from the
contents of the discussion at a Hearing?

 

4) Since the report from Mr Links had two decisions which favoured the
landlord, what steps are taken to ensure impartiality on the part of
Tribunal members?

 

5) One of the parties recorded proceedings and can corroborate the facts
in this case. Despite this, no one has asked to hear the recording so as
to see the events for themselves. Why would the Housing and Property
Chamber fail to consider evidence which proves a Tribunal member is
corrupt?

Your request is currently being considered and a response will be sent to
you as soon as possible and in any event not later than 8^th March 2018.

Yours sincerely

 

 

Natasha Russell

HPC- Operations Manager

Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service

First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber)

1 Atlantic Quay

4^th Floor

45 Robertson Street

Glasgow

G2 8JB

 

Tel: 0141 302 5903 or 07585998885

Email: [1][email address]

Website: [2]www.housingandpropertychamber.scot

 

 

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Please find attached a response to your FOI request.

Kind regards.

Steven

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Gadawodd Ian Cameron anodiad ()

The response to the FOI request is typical of the abysmal standards that exist in this body. Despite there being evidence available to corroborate the misconduct of the Tribunal member, Mr M Links, this has never been requested by any of the bodies who have investigated the corruption that permeated this case. The proceedings were recorded (as were many more proceedings since the misconduct of the Tribunal members was obvious from the early days of this case). The recording was offered to various bodies by way of corroboration of what transpired. They have declined to hear this and admit it as evidence of corruption on the part of Tribunal members.

It can be concluded that The Housing and Property Chamber, First Tier Tribunal for Scotland is institutionally corrupt and dishonest. Their conduct in this case involves malfeasance as well as a variety of criminal offences. No one is prepared to correct matters so it reflects on the integrity of the Scottish justice system as a whole.