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Housing (Wales) Act 2014

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  1. Introduction

  2. Commentary on Sections

    1. Part 1 Regulation of Private Rented Housing

      1. Section 2 – Meaning of key terms

      2. Section 3 – Licensing authority

      3. Section 4 – Requirement for a landlord to be registered

      4. Section 5 – Exceptions to the requirement for landlord to be registered

      5. Section 6 - Requirement for landlords to be licensed to carry out lettings activities

      6. Section 7 – Requirement for landlords to be licensed to carry out property management activities

      7. Section 8 – Exceptions to requirements for landlords to be licensed

      8. Section 9 - Requirement for agents to be licensed to carry out lettings work

      9. Section 10 – Meaning of lettings work

      10. Section 11 – Requirement for agents to be licensed to carry out property management work

      11. Section 12 – Meaning of property management work

      12. Section 13 – Offence of appointing an unlicensed agent

      13. Section 14 – Duty to maintain register in relation to rental properties

      14. Section 15 – Registration by a licensing authority

      15. Section 16 – Duty to update information

      16. Section 17 – Revocation of registration

      17. Section 18 – Licences that may be granted

      18. Section 19 – Licence application requirements

      19. Section 20 – Fit and proper person requirement

      20. Section 21 - Determination of application

      21. Section 22 - Licence conditions

      22. Section 23 – Duty to update information

      23. Section 24 – Amendment of licence

      24. Section 25 – Revocation of licence

      25. Section 26 – Expiry and renewal of licence

      26. Section 27 – Licensing appeals

      27. Section 28 – Prosecution by a licensing authority or a local housing authority

      28. Section 29 – Fixed penalty notices

      29. Section 30 – Rent stopping orders

      30. Section 31 – Revocation of rent stopping orders

      31. Section 32 – Rent repayment orders

      32. Section 33 – Rent repayment orders: further provision

      33. Section 34 – Power for the Welsh Ministers to make regulations in relation to sections 32 and 33

      34. Section 35 – Offences by bodies corporate

      35. Section 36 – Requests for information from authorities and use of information by authorities

      36. Section 37 – Power to require documents to be produced or information given

      37. Section 38 – Enforcement of powers to obtain information

      38. Section 39 – False or misleading information

      39. Section 40 – Code of practice

      40. Section 41 - Guidance

      41. Section 42 – Directions

      42. Section 43 – Activity in contravention of this Part: effect on tenancy agreements

      43. Section 44 - Restriction on terminating tenancies

      44. Section 45 – Landlords who are trustees

      45. Section 46 – Regulations about fees

      46. Section 47 – Information about applications

      47. Section 48 – Giving notices etc. under this Part

      48. Section 49 – Interpretation of this Part and index of defined terms

    2. Part 2 Homelessness

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

      2. Section 51 – Homelessness reviews

      3. Section 52 – Homelessness strategies

      4. Section 53 - Overview of this Chapter

      5. Section 54 – Application of key terms

      6. Section 55 - Meaning of homeless and threatened homelessness

      7. Section 56 – Meaning of accommodation available for occupation

      8. Section 57 – Whether it is reasonable to continue to occupy accommodation

      9. Section 58 – Meaning of abuse and domestic abuse

      10. Section 59 – Suitability of accommodation

      11. Section 60 - Duty to provide information, advice and assistance in accessing help

      12. Section 61 - Eligibility for help under this Chapter

      13. Section 62 - Duty to assess

      14. Section 63 – Notice of the outcome of assessment

      15. Section 64 - How to secure or help to secure the availability of accommodation

      16. Section 65 - Meaning of help to secure

      17. Section 66 – Duty to help to prevent an applicant from becoming homeless

      18. Section 67 – Circumstances in which the duty in section 66 ends

      19. Section 68 - Interim duty to secure accommodation for homeless applicants in priority need

      20. Section 69 – Circumstances in which the duty in section 68 ends

      21. Section 70 - Priority need for accommodation

      22. Section 71 – Meaning of vulnerable in section 70

      23. Section 72 – Power to amend or repeal provisions about priority need for accommodation

      24. Section 73 - Duty to help to secure accommodation for homeless applicants

      25. Section 74 – Circumstances in which the duty in section 73 ends

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

      27. Section 76 – Circumstances in which the duty in section 75 ends

      28. Section 77 – Meaning of intentionally homeless

      29. Section 78 – Deciding to have regard to intentionality

      30. Section 79 – Further circumstances in which the duties to help applicants end

      31. Section 80 - Referral of case to another local housing authority

      32. Section 81 - Local connection

      33. Section 82 - Duties to applicant whose case is considered for referral or referred

      34. Section 83 – Cases referred from a local housing authority in England

      35. Section 84 – Notice that duties have ended

      36. Section 85 - Right to request review

      37. Section 86 – Procedure on review

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

      39. Section 88 – Right of appeal to county court on point of law

      40. Section 89 - Appeals against refusal to accommodate pending appeal

      41. Section 90 – Charges

      42. Section 91 - Out-of-area placement

      43. Section 92 – Interim accommodation: arrangements with private landlord

      44. Section 93 - Protection of property

      45. Section 94 - Protection of property: supplementary provisions

      46. Section 95 – Co-operation

      47. Section 96 - Co-operation in certain cases involving children

      48. Section 97 – False statements, withholding information and failure to disclose change of circumstances

      49. Section 98 – Guidance

      50. Section 99 – Interpretation of this Chapter and index of defined terms

      51. Section 100 – Consequential amendments

    3. Part 3 Gypsies and Travellers

      1. Section 101 – Assessment of accommodation needs

      2. Section 102 – Report following assessment

      3. Section 103 – Duty to meet assessed needs

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

      5. Section 105 – Provision of information upon request

      6. Section 106 – Guidance

      7. Section 107 – Duties in relation to housing strategies

      8. Section 108 - Interpretation

      9. Section 109 – Power to amend definition of Gypsies and Travellers

    4. Part 4 Standards for Social Housing

      1. Section 111 – Standards

      2. Section 112 – Guidance

      3. Section 113 – Consultation on standards and guidance

      4. Section 114 – Information on compliance with standards

      5. Section 115 – Powers of entry

      6. Section 116 – Exercise of intervention powers

      7. Section 117 – Grounds for intervention

      8. Section 118 – Warning notice

      9. Section 119 – Power of Welsh Ministers to intervene

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

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

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

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

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

      15. Section 125 – Directions

      16. Section 126 – Duty to co-operate

      17. Section 127– Powers of entry and inspection

      18. Section 128 – Exemption from offences relating to service charges for social housing

      19. Section 129 – Application of duties relating to service charges to local authority tenancies

      20. Section 130 – Consequential amendments

    5. Part 5 Housing Finance

      1. Section 131 – Abolition of Housing Revenue Account subsidy

      2. Section 132 – Settlement payments

      3. Section 133 – Further payments

      4. Section 134 – Additional provision about payments

      5. Section 135 – Provision of information upon request

      6. Section 136 – Determinations under this Part

    6. Part 6 Allowing Fully Mutual Housing Associations to Grant Assured Tenancies

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

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

    7. Part 7 Council Tax for Certain Types of Dwellings

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

    8. Part 8 Amendment of the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993

    9. Part 9 Miscellaneous and General

      1. Sections 141 to 146.

      2. Schedule 1 – Register of Private Rented Housing

        1. Part 1 - Content of Register

        2. Part 2 – Access to Register

      3. Schedule 2 – Eligibility for help under Chapter 2 of Part 2

      4. Schedule 3 –Minor and consequential amendments

        1. Part 1 – Homelessness

        2. Part 2 – Gypsies and Travellers

        3. Part 3 – Standards for social housing

  3. Record of Proceedings in National Assembly for Wales

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