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  1. Introductory Text

  2. PART 1 REGULATION OF PRIVATE RENTED HOUSING

    1. Introduction

      1. 1.Overview of this Part

      2. 2.Meaning of key terms

      3. 3.Licensing authority

    2. Prohibition of letting and management without registration and licence

      1. 4.Requirement for a landlord to be registered

      2. 5.Exceptions to the requirement for a landlord to be registered

      3. 6.Requirement for landlords to be licensed to carry out lettings activities

      4. 7.Requirement for landlords to be licensed to carry out property management activities

      5. 8.Exceptions to requirements for landlords to be licensed

      6. 9.Requirement for agents to be licensed to carry out lettings work

      7. 10.Meaning of lettings work

      8. 11.Requirement for agents to be licensed to carry out property management work

      9. 12.Meaning of property management work

      10. 13.Offence of appointing an unlicensed agent

    3. Registration

      1. 14.Duty to maintain register in relation to rental properties

      2. 15.Registration by a licensing authority

      3. 16.Duty to update information

      4. 17.Revocation of registration

    4. Licensing

      1. 18.Licences that may be granted

      2. 19.Licence application requirements

      3. 20.Fit and proper person requirement

      4. 21.Determination of application

      5. 22.Licence conditions

      6. 23.Duty to update information

      7. 24.Amendment of licence

      8. 25.Revocation of licence

      9. 26.Expiry and renewal of licence

      10. 27.Licensing appeals

    5. Enforcement

      1. 28.Prosecution by a licensing authority or a local housing authority

      2. 29.Fixed penalty notices

      3. 30.Rent stopping orders

      4. 31.Revocation of rent stopping orders

      5. 32.Rent repayment orders

      6. 33.Rent repayment orders: further provision

      7. 34.Power for Welsh Ministers to make regulations in relation to sections 32 and 33

      8. 35.Offences by bodies corporate

    6. Information

      1. 36.Requests for information from authorities and use of information by authorities

      2. 37.Power to require documents to be produced or information given

      3. 38.Enforcement of powers to obtain information

      4. 39.False or misleading information

    7. Powers of the Welsh Ministers

      1. 40.Code of practice

      2. 41.Guidance

      3. 42.Directions

    8. Supplementary

      1. 43.Activity in contravention of this Part: effect on tenancy agreements

      2. 44.Restriction on terminating tenancies

      3. 45.Landlords who are trustees

      4. 46.Regulations about fees

      5. 47.Information about applications

      6. 48.Giving notification etc. under this Part

    9. General

      1. 49.Interpretation of this Part and index of defined terms

  3. PART 2 HOMELESSNESS

    1. CHAPTER 1 HOMELESSNESS REVIEWS AND STRATEGIES

      1. 50.Duty to carry out a homelessness review and formulate a homelessness strategy

      2. 51.Homelessness reviews

      3. 52.Homelessness strategies

    2. CHAPTER 2 HELP FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE HOMELESS OR THREATENED WITH HOMELESSNESS

      1. Introduction

        1. 53.Overview of this Chapter

      2. Key terms

        1. 54.Application of key terms

        2. 55.Meaning of homeless and threatened homelessness

        3. 56.Meaning of accommodation available for occupation

        4. 57.Whether it is reasonable to continue to occupy accommodation

        5. 58.Meaning of abuse and domestic abuse

        6. 59.Suitability of accommodation

      3. Information, advice and assistance in accessing help

        1. 60.Duty to provide information, advice and assistance in accessing help

      4. Eligibility

        1. 61.Eligibility for help under this Chapter

      5. Applications for help and assessment

        1. 62.Duty to assess

        2. 63.Notice of the outcome of assessment

      6. Duties to help applicants

        1. 64.How to secure or help to secure the availability of accommodation

        2. 65.Meaning of help to secure

        3. 66.Duty to help to prevent an applicant from becoming homeless

        4. 67.Circumstances in which the duty in section 66 ends

        5. 68.Interim duty to secure accommodation for homeless applicants in priority need

        6. 69.Circumstances in which the duty in section 68 ends

        7. 70.Priority need for accommodation

        8. 71.Meaning of vulnerable in section 70

        9. 72.Power to amend or repeal provisions about priority need for accommodation

        10. 73.Duty to help to secure accommodation for homeless applicants

        11. 74.Circumstances in which the duty in section 73 ends

        12. 75.Duty to secure accommodation for applicants in priority need when the duty in section 73 ends

        13. 76.Circumstances in which the duty in section 75 ends

        14. 77.Meaning of intentionally homeless

        15. 78.Deciding to have regard to intentionality

        16. 79.Further circumstances in which the duties to help applicants end

      7. Referral to another local housing authority

        1. 80.Referral of case to another local housing authority

        2. 81.Local connection

        3. 82.Duties to applicant whose case is considered for referral or referred

        4. 83.Cases referred from a local housing authority in England

      8. Notice

        1. 84.Notice that duties have ended

      9. Right to review and appeal

        1. 85.Right to request review

        2. 86.Procedure on review

        3. 87.Effect of a decision on review or appeal that reasonable steps were not taken

        4. 88.Right of appeal to county court on point of law

        5. 89.Appeals against refusal to accommodate pending appeal

      10. Supplementary provisions

        1. 90.Charges

        2. 91.Out-of-area placement

        3. 92.Interim accommodation: arrangements with private landlord

        4. 93.Protection of property

        5. 94.Protection of property: supplementary provisions

        6. 95.Co-operation

        7. 96.Co-operation in certain cases involving children

      11. General

        1. 97.False statements, withholding information and failure to disclose change of circumstances

        2. 98.Guidance

        3. 99.Interpretation of this Chapter and index of defined terms

        4. 100.Consequential amendments

  4. PART 3 GYPSIES AND TRAVELLERS

    1. Meeting accommodation needs

      1. 101.Assessment of accommodation needs

      2. 102.Report following assessment

      3. 103.Duty to meet assessed needs

      4. 104.Failure to comply with duty under section 103

      5. 105.Provision of information upon request

      6. 106.Guidance

      7. 107.Duties in relation to housing strategies

    2. General

      1. 108.Interpretation

      2. 109.Power to amend definition of Gypsies and Travellers

      3. 110.Consequential amendments

  5. PART 4 STANDARDS FOR SOCIAL HOUSING

    1. Standards for housing provided by local housing authorities

      1. 111.Standards

      2. 112.Guidance

      3. 113.Consultation on standards and guidance

      4. 114.Information on compliance with standards

      5. 115.Powers of entry

      6. 116.Exercise of intervention powers

      7. 117.Grounds for intervention

      8. 118.Warning notice

      9. 119.Power of Welsh Ministers to intervene

      10. 120.Power to require local housing authority to obtain advisory services

      11. 121.Power to require performance of functions by other persons on behalf of authority

      12. 122.Power to require performance of functions by Welsh Ministers or nominee

      13. 123.Power to direct exercise of other local housing authority functions

      14. 124.General power to give directions and take steps

      15. 125.Directions

      16. 126.Duty to co-operate

      17. 127.Powers of entry and inspection

    2. Service charges for social housing

      1. 128.Exemption from offences relating to service charges for social housing

      2. 129.Application of duties relating to service charges to local authority tenancies

    3. General

      1. 130.Consequential amendments

  6. PART 5 HOUSING FINANCE

    1. Housing Revenue Account subsidy

      1. 131.Abolition of Housing Revenue Account subsidy

    2. Payments in relation to Housing Revenue Accounts

      1. 132.Settlement payments

      2. 133.Further payments

      3. 134.Additional provision about payments

    3. General provision

      1. 135.Provision of information upon request

      2. 136.Determinations under this Part

  7. PART 6 ALLOWING FULLY MUTUAL HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS TO GRANT ASSURED TENANCIES

    1. 137.Amendment of Schedule 1 to the Housing Act 1988

    2. 138.Amendment of Schedule 2 to the Housing Act 1988

  8. PART 7 COUNCIL TAX FOR CERTAIN TYPES OF DWELLING

    1. 139.Amount of tax payable for certain types of dwelling

  9. PART 8 AMENDMENT OF THE LEASEHOLD REFORM, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT ACT 1993

    1. 140.Amendment of the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993

  10. PART 9 MISCELLANEOUS AND GENERAL

    1. Miscellaneous

      1. 141.Minor amendments to the Mobile Homes (Wales) Act 2013

    2. General

      1. 142.Orders and regulations

      2. 143.Meaning of local housing authority

      3. 144.Power to make consequential and transitional provision etc

      4. 145.Commencement

      5. 146.Short title

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      REGISTER OF PRIVATE RENTED HOUSING

      1. PART 1 CONTENT OF REGISTER

        1. Landlords

          1. 1.An entry in the register relating to a landlord must...

        2. Agents

          1. 2.An entry in the register for a person licensed to...

      2. PART 2 ACCESS TO REGISTER

        1. 3.(1) A licensing authority must notify a person of the...

        2. 4.(1) A licensing authority must notify a person of the...

        3. 5.(1) A licensing authority must notify a person of the...

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      ELIGIBILITY FOR HELP UNDER CHAPTER 2 OF PART 2

      1. Persons not eligible for help

        1. 1.(1) A person is not eligible for help under section...

      2. Asylum-seekers and their dependants: transitional provision

        1. 2.(1) Until the commencement of the repeal of section 186...

      3. Provision of information by Secretary of State

        1. 3.(1) The Secretary of State must, at the request of...

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      MINOR AND CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS

      1. PART 1 HOMELESSNESS

        1. Housing Act 1985

          1. 1.In paragraph 4 of Schedule 1 to the Housing Act...

        2. Housing Act 1996

          1. 2.The Housing Act 1996 is amended as follows.

          2. 3.In section 167 (allocation of housing accommodation in accordance with...

          3. 4.In the Part title of Part 7 (homelessness), after “Homelessness”...

          4. 5.In subsection (1) of section 179 (duty of local housing...

          5. 6.In subsection (1) of section 180 (assistance for voluntary organisations),...

          6. 7.In subsection (1) of section 182 (guidance by the Secretary...

          7. 8.In subsection (1) of section 183 (application for assistance), after...

          8. 9.In subsection (1) of section 187 (provision of information by...

          9. 10.In section 193 (duty to persons with priority need who...

          10. 11.In section 198 (referral of case to another local housing...

          11. 12.In subsection (4) of section 200 (duties to applicant whose...

          12. 13.After section 201 (application of referral provisions to cases arising...

          13. 14.In subsection (1) of section 213 (co-operation between relevant housing...

        3. Homelessness Act 2002

          1. 15.The Homelessness Act 2002 is amended as follows.

          2. 16.In the cross-heading above section 1, after “strategies” insert “...

          3. 17.In section 1 (duty of local housing authority to formulate...

          4. 18.In subsection (7A) of section 3 (homelessness strategies), omit “in...

        4. Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010

          1. 19.In subsection (1)(a) of section 50 of the Mental Health...

        5. Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

          1. 20.(1) The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act...

        6. Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013

          1. 21.In subsection (7)(d) of section 7 of the Prevention of...

        7. Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014

          1. 22.(1) The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 is...

      2. PART 2 GYPSIES AND TRAVELLERS

        1. Local Government Act 2003

          1. 23.(1) The definition of “housing” in subsection (4) of section...

        2. Housing Act 2004

          1. 24.(1) The Housing Act 2004 is amended as follows.

        3. Housing (Assessment of Accommodation Needs) (Meaning of Gypsies and Travellers) (Wales) Regulations 2007 (S.I. 2007/3235)

          1. 25.The Housing (Assessment of Accommodation Needs) (Meaning of Gypsies and...

        4. Mobile Homes (Wales) Act 2013

          1. 26.(1) The Mobile Homes (Wales) Act 2013 is amended as...

      3. PART 3 STANDARDS FOR SOCIAL HOUSING

        1. Housing Act 1985

          1. 27.In section 24 (rents for occupation of local housing authority...

        2. Housing Act 1996

          1. 28.(1) The Housing Act 1996 is amended as follows.

      4. PART 4 COUNCIL TAX FOR CERTAIN TYPES OF DWELLING

        1. Local Government Finance Act 1992

          1. 29.(1) The Local Government Finance Act 1992 is amended as...

      5. PART 5 AMENDMENTS TO THE MOBILE HOMES (WALES) ACT 2013

        1. 30.(1) The Mobile Homes (Wales) Act 2013 is amended as...

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