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Rent and Rating Appeal Commissioners 14 November 2006

The Appointments Commission* is seeking applications from individuals for membership of the Rent and Rating Appeal Commissioners. Appointments will take effect from 1st January 2007.

Who are the Rent and Rating Appeal Commissioners?

The Rent and Rating Appeal Commissioners (“the Commissioners”) are appointed under section 1 of the Rent and Rating Appeals Act 1986. The Commissioners consist of a chairman, who must be legally qualified (i.e. a barrister, advocate or solicitor of not less than 7 years standing), and 2 other Commissioners.

What do the Rent and Rating Appeal Commissioners do?

The principal function of the Commissioners is to hear objections to valuation lists prepared by the Treasury and disputes between private landlords and tenants as to the amount of rent in relation to residential properties.

The proceedings of the Commissioners are regulated by the Rating Appeal Rules 2000. The Commissioners are administered by the Tribunals Centralised Administration in the General Registry.

Appeals over decisions by the Commissioners are referred to the High Court.

How do I apply?

With the exception of the Chairman, applicants do not need any formal qualifications. However, the Appointments Commission will be looking for people who have a knowledge and understanding of rating and lease matters who will take an active part in the work of the Commissioners.

If you are interested in applying you should write to the Secretary of the Appointments Commission at the address indicated below enclosing your current curriculum vitae and the names of two persons who may be contacted for a reference. Applications should reach the Secretary by 24th November 2006. Late applications may be accepted by the Appointments Commission only at its discretion.

An information pack and further information about the role and the duties of the Rent and Rating Appeal Commissioners are available from the Secretary of the Appointments Commission, Chief Secretary’s Office, Government Office, Bucks Road, DOUGLAS. (Tel : 686409 Email :

* The Appointments Commission has been established by the Council of Ministers under the auspices of the Tribunals Act 2006 as an independent body. Its principal function is to make appointments to various Appeals Tribunals and other bodies covered by the statutory provisions of the Tribunals Legislation.

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