Date
4 April 2019

Allegations
David Bland failed to maintain high standards of professional and personal conduct and undermined the confidence and trust placed in himself and his profession by his client, his employer, the public and others, in that he behaved unreasonably and with an intention to harass his client’s tenant, by failing to correct an erroneous reference to legislation at the earliest opportunity when challenged, and by insisting on his client’s tenant paying charges for which there was no contractual basis.

Contrary to: Principle 2, Outcome 2.2 of the CILEx Code of Conduct 2015.

David Bland failed to comply with the regulation applicable to him and take practicable steps to ensure that he could demonstrate his adherence to the core principles of the CILEx Code of Conduct 2015 and compliance with its associated outcomes.

Contrary to: Principle 4, Outcome 4.2 of the CILEx Code of Conduct 2015.

Outcome
The Professional Conduct Panel of CILEx Regulation (the PCP) found that Mr Bland had a case to answer in respect of both allegations of misconduct; Mr Bland accepted that the two allegations of misconduct were justified.

Sanction
The PCP required Mr Bland to give an undertaking not to have any direct contact with his client’s tenant in respect of the property leased by the tenant from Mr Bland’s client.