Code Audit Panel Leeds and Bradford

The Audit Panel has responsibility for:

  • the operation of the verification system as determined by Unipol’s Board (in Leeds to inspect 1 in 5 properties and in Bradford to inspect all properties evey three years for landlords and the same ratio of properties by owner when managed by a managing agent).
  • deciding whether additional verification visits are required following any complaints or concerns
  • approving an application for membership with the Unipol Code Administrator reporting all new members to the Audit Panel at the earliest opportunity
  • taking decisions about admitting new applicants from managing agents into either the Unipol Code or the Code Supporter scheme and overseeing the individual arrangements entered into by managing agents
  • evaluating reports made to them by the Unipol Code Administrator
  • ensuring any improvement actions made in verification reports are clear, monitored and followed.

The Audit Panel has powers to:

  • immediately suspend a member from the Unipol Code pending further consideration by the Tribunal
  • refer a member to a Tribunal for non-compliance or where there is a challenge made to admit a managing agent into either the Unipol Code or Code Supporters scheme together with any recommendation for warnings, suspensions or expulsion from the Codes.

The Audit Panel will:

  • receive a report at each meeting from the Unipol Codes Administrator on the outcomes from the verification processes
  • ensure that verification is taking place within 30 days of an application being made to join the Code
  • ensure that a completed verification report is received in a timely manner for each inspection undertaken and kept on file for six years
  • issue minutes recording decisions of the Panel which are circulated to members and the relevant officials of Unipol.

The Audit Panel consists of:

An independent Chair
Mr John Balfour

One representative of the Leeds and Bradford Services Group

One representative appointed by Unipol's Board
Ms Sue Green, University of Leeds

The Assistant Chief Executive - Standards, Ms Victoria Tolmie- Loverseed ( or in her absence the Assistant Chief Executive - Hub Services)

One representative of Leeds City Council
Mr Amjid Chowdri

Appointments are made for three years.

In Attendance:
Mr Matt Allison , the Unipol Codes Administrator, who services the Panel

Members of a verification team whose reports are due to be discussed

The Complaints Investigator when their presence is required by the Panel.

The Panel meets three times a year.