RECRUITMENT efforts to find an additional member for the Rent Control Tribunal are under way – following criticism over the original panel selection.
Housing Minister David Warr is seeking a fifth member for the re-established tribunal after Reform Jersey raised ‘serious concerns’ over his proposition to appoint four people to the panel – when it emerged that the chair of the Jersey Landlords Association, Guy Morris, was among those proposed.
Deputy Warr said he was looking for an additional volunteer – especially someone with a tenants’ rights or consumer-affairs background – so that the tribunal could ‘benefit from the greatest range of perspectives in its decision making’.
The tribunal allows tenants to appeal against rent rises and has lain dormant since 2009.
The application process has opened on the job pages of the gov.je website and will run until 30 September.
Deputy Warr said: ‘We have already identified four capable and experienced people, who came forward to serve their community on the Rent Control Tribunal. However, I am looking for an additional person for consideration because I want the tribunal to benefit from the greatest range of perspectives in its decision-making.
‘I want to echo the sentiments of my predecessor by encouraging Islanders to come forward for this excellent opportunity to make a real contribution to positive change in our community.’