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Leasehold Valuation Tribunals
The Leasehold Valuation Tribunal ("LVT") is the formal name given to the body appointed to make decisions on various types of dispute relating to residential leasehold property. The LVT is an independent decision making body which is completely unconnected to the parties or any other public agency. The Tribunal will look at the matter of the Leasehold Dispute for the property following an application to the Tribunal.
Who will deal with the matter once an application has been made to the LVT?
From the time that the application is received a number of different people will deal with the paperwork involved and the parties. These include the following:
The clerks are the administrative staff who will deal with correspondence and, where relevant, the collection of fees. When the application is received, it is the clerk who will deal with the paperwork until you have received a final decision in your case. The clerks are able to speak to you about the processes and procedures relating to your application. They cannot give general legal advice or advise you about the law relating to your application. Each Rent Assessment Panel has a Regional Manager who is responsible for the work of the clerks.
The Tribunal Members
There are two types of member:
- The Chairman: he or she is appointed to be a Chairman by the Lord Chancellor. A Chairman may be a lawyer or a valuer (a surveyor who has expertise in valuation). Exceptionally, the chairman may be a lay person. The Chairman is responsible for the smooth running of the proceedings and will write up the reasons for the Committee's decision.
- Other members: other members are appointed by the Department for Communities and Local Government. Again, they may be lawyers or valuers or lay people.
- When a Tribunal is set up to consider an application there will usually be three, but occasionally two, members including the Chairman.
The Panel President
Each Panel has a President, assisted by one or more Vice Presidents, who is responsible for the members and, in particular, appoints members to hear and decide a particular case. He or she will not be involved in the decision regarding a case unless they are on the LVT dealing with that case.
A more complete description of the procedures for applications dealt with by the LVT is contained in Leasehold Disputes.