1225. Disqualification of Hearing Officer or Board Member

(A) No hearing examiner or Board member shall take part in any hearing or appeal on a petition for an individual rent adjustment in which she/he has a personal financial interest in the outcome (such as being the landlord of, or a tenant residing in, the property that is involved in the petition), or a personal bias for or against any party. The hearing examiner's or Board member's general status as a landlord or tenant, or her/his political or philosophical beliefs shall not constitute personal bias.

(B) The hearing examiner or Board member shall disclose to all parties any prior communication with a party concerning the subject of the petition, as well as any possible or apparent personal financial interest or personal bias.

(C) The hearing examiner or Board member may disqualify himself/herself at any time. In addition, any party may file a written request for disqualification, stating the grounds, with the Director (for hearing examiners) or the Board Chairperson (for Board members) at least 72 hours prior to the hearing. However, if the identity of the hearing examiner or Board member was not known soon enough to allow this, the written request shall be filed as soon as possible but in no event later than the taking of any evidence at the hearing. Any such request shall be ruled upon prior to the taking of any evidence at the hearing.