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Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016

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218Review of claim made on absolute ground
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(1)This section applies if a landlord under a standard contract makes a possession claim in the county court on a ground in a section to which subsection (2) applies, and—

(a)the landlord is a community landlord, or

(b)the landlord’s decision to make a possession claim on that ground is subject to judicial review.

(2)This subsection applies to the following sections—

(a)section 170 (contract-holder’s notice: periodic standard contracts),

(b)section 178 (landlord’s notice: periodic standard contracts),

(c)section 181 (serious rent arrears: periodic standard contracts),

(d)section 186 (landlord’s notice in connection with end of fixed term),

(e)section 187 (serious rent arrears: fixed term standard contracts),

(f)section 191 (contract-holder’s notice: fixed term standard contracts), and

(g)section 199 (landlord’s notice: fixed term standard contracts).

(3)The contract-holder may make an application in the possession proceedings for a review by the county court of the landlord’s decision to make the claim.

(4)The contract-holder may make an application under this section regardless of whether he or she requested a review by the landlord under section 202 (introductory standard contracts and prohibited conduct standard contracts).

(5)The contract-holder may not make an application under this section on the ground that the possession claim was a retaliatory claim (within the meaning of section 217).

(6)The county court may confirm or quash the decision to make the claim.

(7)In considering whether to confirm or quash the decision, the county court must apply the principles applied by the High Court on an application for judicial review.

(8)If the county court quashes the decision it may—

(a)set aside the possession notice or (as the case may be) the landlord’s notice and dismiss the possession proceedings;

(b)make any order the High Court could make when making a quashing order on an application for judicial review.

(9)The contract-holder may not make an application under subsection (3) after an order for possession has been made in respect of the dwelling.

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