Rent Assessment Committee – What is a Rent Assessment Committee ?
There are five Rent Assessment Committees throughout England and more in Scotland & Wales. The Committees and Tribunals run by the Residential Property Tribunal Service (RPTS) (Telephone: 020 7446 7700) are quasi-judicial bodies set up to deal with housing matters. They have powers to settle certain types of dispute which would otherwise have to be dealt with by the Courts.
The Rent Assessment Committees deal with and determine disputes about Fair and Market Rents,Leasehold Valuation Tribunals determine disputes involving leasehold property including service charges, variation of leases, right to manage, appointment of managers, choice of insurers and forfeiture. Residential Property Tribunals determine appeals on the Right to Buy.
Increasingly the panels will become involved in Housing Act 2004 matters: The Housing Health and Saftey Rating System (HHSRS), appeals relating to Improvement Notices and Prohibition Orders, Demolition Orders and Emergency Measures. Also, Applications and Appeals in regard to Empty Dwelling Management Orders.
Rent Assessment Panels do not have the power to deal with all types of dispute about rents and leasehold matters and do not deal with commercial property.
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