Misconduct by members of the Tribunal of 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,

This request relates to a case working with the Housing and Property Chamber, First Tier Tribunal for Scotland. The reference is: PRHP/RT/16/0254.

On 1 February 2018, the Tribunal members Ms J Taylor and Mr A Taylor, called at a property in Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire. This was in connection with a Repairing Standard Enforcement Order which had been on a property for over 16 months. A reinspection was scheduled to take place at 10am. The landlord of the property attended as well. At 09.50am, all parties arrived at the property and stood on the drive talking between themselves. The landlord was heard to speak disparagingly of the tenant. The Tribunal members chatted to him and it was all very cosy. The reinspection required access to the external areas and there was no need to enter the property. The landlord had not arranged to enter the property, no notice had been given.

When Ms J Taylor knocked on the front door to commence proceedings, the landlord of the property attempted to force entry by putting his foot in the door and pushing on it. Neither Ms J Taylor, nor Mr A Taylor remonstrated with him, or attempted to stop him. The resident, a disabled pensioner, was forced to push back on the door to stop him. She was assaulted by the door in the process. There was no effort by Tribunal members to request he desist from his unlawful conduct.

Ms J Taylor later knocked on the front door again on what appeared to be a pretext. Once again, the landlord put his foot in the door, pushing against it forcefully. The resident had to attempt to force the door back and was assaulted by this again. The Tribunal members failed to act, or speak to try and remedy matters.

The criminal conduct of the landlord was reported to the Police who questioned the Tribunal members about what happened. The Tribunal members claimed nothing untoward happened which was a false statement on their part.

It can be stated as a fact that the Tribunal members colluded in criminal conduct on two occasions.

There is a history in this case, where Tribunal members have engaged in dishonesty, bias towards the landlord, and all manner of corruption. Matters have been pursued with the Housing and Property Chamber but they decline to respond. A complaint was made to the relevant MSP and the response from the Scottish Government was to tell the complainant to pursue a complaint with the Housing and Property Chamber! As it stands, the Housing and Property Chamber appears to be above the law and the Tribunal members are able to collude in criminal conduct.

The request is for information as follows:

1) What is the conduct required of Tribunal members for speaking to one of the parties outwith a Hearing? It appears they are acting inappropriately in engaging in conversation with a landlord who is defaming his tenant.

2) What rules exist in relation to Tribunal members colluding in criminal offences during Hearings etc? Is this covered in their code of conduct?

3) Who is responsible for investigating these serious matters given the Housing and Property Chamber fail to respond to communications sent to them?

4) It appears that the Tribunal members have a Duty of Care towards persons present at Hearings, why did they fail to operate this on such an occasion as this?

5) Have nay Tribunal members been subject of investigation in the time the housing and Property Chamber has been in existence?

6) How many complaints have been received against employees of the Housing and Property Chamber in the time it has existed?

Yours faithfully,

Ian Cameron

Foi, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service

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Russell, Natasha,

1 Atodiad

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 2^nd February 2018.

The request is for information as follows:

 

1) What is the conduct required of Tribunal members for speaking to one of
the parties outwith a Hearing? It appears they are acting inappropriately
in engaging in conversation with a landlord who is defaming his tenant.

 

2) What rules exist in relation to Tribunal members colluding in criminal
offences during Hearings etc? Is this covered in their code of conduct?

 

3) Who is responsible for investigating these serious matters given the
Housing and Property Chamber fail to respond to communications sent to
them?

 

4) It appears that the Tribunal members have a Duty of Care towards
persons present at Hearings, why did they fail to operate this on such an
occasion as this?

 

5) Have nay Tribunal members been subject of investigation in the time the
housing and Property Chamber has been in existence?

 

6) How many complaints have been received against employees of the Housing
and Property Chamber in the time it has existed?

 

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 1^st 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 [mobile number removed]

Email: [1][email address]

Website: [2]www.housingandpropertychamber.scot

 

 

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Dear Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service,

I refer to my request for information dated 2 February 2018. The FOI Act requires a response to be received by 1 March 2018 and you have failed to comply with this. Please rectify the situation as soon as possible.

Yours faithfully,

Ian Cameron

Foi, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service

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Russell, Natasha,

2 Atodiad

Dear Mr Cameron,

 

Please find attached a response to the Freedom of Information Request.

 

I apologise for the slight delay for the response to be issued, our office
was closed due to the serve weather conditions last week.

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 [mobile number removed]

Email: [1][email address]

Website: [2]www.housingandpropertychamber.scot

 

 

 

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From: Russell, Natasha
Sent: 09 February 2018 09:29
To: '[FOI #462343 email]'
Subject: Freedom of Information Request- Housing and Property Chamber

 

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 2^nd February 2018.

The request is for information as follows:

 

1) What is the conduct required of Tribunal members for speaking to one of
the parties outwith a Hearing? It appears they are acting inappropriately
in engaging in conversation with a landlord who is defaming his tenant.

 

2) What rules exist in relation to Tribunal members colluding in criminal
offences during Hearings etc? Is this covered in their code of conduct?

 

3) Who is responsible for investigating these serious matters given the
Housing and Property Chamber fail to respond to communications sent to
them?

 

4) It appears that the Tribunal members have a Duty of Care towards
persons present at Hearings, why did they fail to operate this on such an
occasion as this?

 

5) Have nay Tribunal members been subject of investigation in the time the
housing and Property Chamber has been in existence?

 

6) How many complaints have been received against employees of the Housing
and Property Chamber in the time it has existed?

 

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 1^st 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 [mobile number removed]

Email: [3][email address]

Website: [4]www.housingandpropertychamber.scot

 

 

 

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Dear Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service's handling of my FOI request 'Misconduct by members of the Tribunal of the Housing and Property Chamber.'.

Will you please provide a response which is legible. The attachment you have submitted is barely legible at best and illegible in places.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/m...

Yours faithfully,

Ian Cameron

Foi, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service

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Gadawodd Ian Cameron anodiad ()

The attachment was found to be legible when it was downloaded in full. Given the conduct of the members of The Housing and Property Chamber in relation to the case involving Michael Monk, the landlord of Addiewell, Glasgow Road, Sanquhar, the following can be concluded:

The Housing and Property Chamber is a corrupt body and incapable of dealing with cases impartially as an institution. It is not fit for purpose.

Its members collude in criminal acts and this constitutes Misconduct in Public Office, a criminal offence.

There has been a history of bias, criminal acts and other inappropriate conduct by Tribunal Members in this case. The landlord, Michael Monk, was allowed to continue to fail to comply with a Repairing Standard Enforcement Order for over 16 months. There was a failure to refer this to Police Scotland, or the local authority for action to be taken against him. The Housing and Property Chamber then decided to lift the Order unlawfully despite the fact the landlord had failed to comply with it. This was an act of complete corruption.

It has proved to the a waste of time and effort pursuing this via the official bodies who deal with such matters. They are institutionally corrupt as well. They cover up for one another.

Stewart, Paul,

2 Atodiad

Dear Mr Cameron,

I am writing in relation to your below request for a review of my colleagues response to your recent FOI request. Please see my attached response to your request for a review, and a further copy of the response to your initial FOI request.

Yours sincerely

Paul Stewart
Operations Manager - Glasgow

Scottish Courts & Tribunals Service
Glasgow Tribunals Centre,
20 York Street,
Glasgow,
G2 8GT
             
Tel: 0141 302 5900
Fax: 0141 302 5901
Email: [email address]

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