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Private rented housing panel appointments announced
Four legally qualified chairpersons and two surveyor members have been appointed to the private rented housing panel.
The chair appointments are:
- David Bartos, admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1993 and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators since 2007;
- David Preston, an Oban solicitor and former President of the Law Society of Scotland, who is also an accredited mediator in 2004 and currently operates as a mediator, a consultant to law firms and sits as a mental health tribunal chairman;
- George Clark partner with Edinburgh law firm Morton Fraser, specialising in house purchase and sale and in residential leasing;
- Paul Doyle, of Doyle & Co, solicitors, Edinburgh who has also served on the Social Entitlement Chamber of the Tribunal Service, as a fee paid immigration judge, and as a mental health tribunal chairman.
The appointments will be for five years from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2016. The posts attract a remuneration of a £316 daily fee rate for a time commitment of 15 days per year.
Also appointed are two surveyor members, Kingsley Bruce of Speirs Gumley, Glasgow, and Carol Jones of the Scottish Valuation Office, Glasgow.
Set up in 2007, the private rented housing panel is responsible for upholding the repairing standard introduced to help improve physical conditions in private rented housing, and for assessing rents for certain types of tenancies in the private rented sector.