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Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Act 2018

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Overview

1Overview of this Act

(1)This Act makes provision in respect of registered social landlords by amending existing Acts, including in particular the Housing Act 1996 (c. 52).

(2)Sections 3 to 5 make provision about requirements to be complied with when certain changes are made in respect of the constitutional arrangements or structure of a registered social landlord.

(3)Sections 6 to 9 make provision about the Welsh Ministers’ power to intervene in respect of the officers or management of a registered social landlord.

(4)Section 10 makes provision about the Welsh Ministers’ powers in respect of inquiries into registered social landlords.

(5)Sections 11 and 12 make provision about enforcement notices and penalties.

(6)Sections 13 to 15 make provision about disposals of land by registered social landlords.

(7)Section 16 introduces Schedule 1, making provision limiting local authority influence on the boards of registered social landlords.

(8)Sections 17 to 20 contain general provisions applicable to the Act, including provision about the power to make consequential amendments, and the coming into force of the Act.

Interpretation

2Meaning of the “1996 Act”

References in this Act to the “1996 Act” are to the Housing Act 1996 (c. 52).

Notification by registered social landlord of constitutional changes, etc.

3Change of rules or articles

(1)Schedule 1 to the 1996 Act is amended as follows.

(2)In paragraph 9 (change of rules of registered society), for sub-paragraphs (2) to (5) substitute—

(2)The registered society must notify the Welsh Ministers of any amendment to its rules (including a change in its registered office or name).

(3)The reference in sub-paragraph (2) to an amendment to the rules of a society is to be interpreted in accordance with section 149 of the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 (c. 14).

(3)In paragraph 11 (change of company articles), for sub-paragraphs (2) to (4) substitute—

(2)The company must notify the Welsh Ministers of any change to—

(a)its name;

(b)the address of its registered office;

(c)its articles of association.

4Amalgamation and other structural changes

(1)Schedule 1 to the 1996 Act is amended as follows.

(2)In paragraph 12 (amalgamation and dissolution), in sub-paragraph (2)—

(a)for “The Financial Conduct Authority shall not register a special resolution which is” substitute “The society must notify the Welsh Ministers of a special resolution which it has”, and

(b)omit the words from “unless” to the end of the sub-paragraph.

(3)In paragraph 12, after sub-paragraph (2) insert—

(2A)On giving notification under sub-paragraph (2), a society must also provide the Welsh Ministers with a statement about the consultation carried out by the society with its tenants before passing the resolution to which the notification relates.

(2B)But the requirement in sub-paragraph (2A) does not apply in respect of a resolution passed for the purposes of paragraph (a) of section 112(1) of the 2014 Act (conversion of society into a company).

(4)In paragraph 12, in sub-paragraph (4), for the words from “the resolution has no effect” to the end of the sub-paragraph substitute “the society must notify the Welsh Ministers of the resolution.”

(5) In paragraph 12, for sub-paragraph (5) substitute—

(5)If an instrument of dissolution is approved in accordance with section 119(3) of the 2014 Act (dissolution of society by instrument), the society to which the instrument relates must notify the Welsh Ministers of the approval.

(6)In paragraph 12, omit sub-paragraph (6).

(7)In paragraph 13 (arrangement, reconstruction, etc.), for sub-paragraphs (2) to (5) substitute—

(2)If a court makes an order under section 899 of the Companies Act 2006 (sanction of compromise or arrangement with creditors or members) in relation to the company, the company must notify the Welsh Ministers of the order.

(3)If a court makes an order under section 900 of the Companies Act 2006 (powers of court to facilitate reconstruction or amalgamation) in relation to the company, the company must notify the Welsh Ministers of the order.

(4)If the company passes a resolution under section 115 of the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 (conversion of company into registered society), the company must notify the Welsh Ministers of the resolution.

(5)If a voluntary arrangement is proposed under Part 1 of the Insolvency Act 1986 in relation to a company, the company must notify the Welsh Ministers of the proposal.

(8)In paragraph 13, in sub-paragraph (6), for the words from “the resolution has no effect” to the end of the sub-paragraph substitute “the company must notify the Welsh Ministers of the resolution.”

(9)In paragraph 13, omit sub-paragraph (7).

(10)Omit paragraph 14 (Welsh Ministers’ power to petition for winding up).

5Directions about notifications to be given to Welsh Ministers

In Schedule 1 to the 1996 Act, after paragraph 13 insert—

Directions to registered social landlords about notifications

13A(1)The Welsh Ministers may give directions to registered social landlords about—

(a)the delivery, form and content of a notification given to the Welsh Ministers under paragraph 9, 11, 12 or 13;

(b)the deadline for giving a notification referred to in paragraph (a).

(2)The Welsh Ministers may give directions to registered social landlords dispensing with a requirement to give a notification referred to in sub-paragraph (1)(a).

(3)A direction under this paragraph may be given generally in respect of all registered social landlords, or in respect of a particular registered social landlord or a particular type of registered social landlord, and may make provision about notifications generally, or about particular notifications or types of notification.

(4)A direction may vary or revoke a previous direction under this paragraph.

(5)A registered social landlord must comply with a direction under this paragraph.

Powers exercisable in respect of officers and management of registered social landlord

6Removal or appointment of officer of registered social landlord

(1)Schedule 1 to the 1996 Act is amended as follows.

(2)In paragraph 4 (Welsh Ministers’ power to remove officer), in sub-paragraph (2)(g), for “proper management of the registered social landlord’s affairs” substitute “registered social landlord’s compliance with a requirement imposed by or under an enactment”.

(3)In paragraph 6 (power to appoint officer of registered charity), in sub-paragraph (1)(c), for “for the proper management of the charity’s affairs to have an additional officer” substitute “to have an additional officer in order to ensure that the charity complies with a requirement imposed by or under an enactment”.

(4)In paragraph 7 (power to appoint officer of company), in sub-paragraph (1)(c), for “for the proper management of the company’s affairs to have an additional officer” substitute “to have an additional officer in order to ensure that the company complies with a requirement imposed by or under an enactment”.

(5)In paragraph 8 (power to appoint officer of registered society), in sub-paragraph (1)(c), for “for the proper management of the society’s affairs to have an additional officer” substitute “to have an additional officer in order to ensure that the society complies with a requirement imposed by or under an enactment”.

7Tender or transfer of registered social landlord’s management functions

(1)Schedule 1 to the 1996 Act is amended as follows.

(2)In paragraph 15B (management tender), in sub-paragraph (1), for the words from “that” to the end of the sub-paragraph substitute “that a registered social landlord has failed to comply with a requirement imposed by or under an enactment.”

(3)In paragraph 15B, in sub-paragraph (2), for “where the misconduct or mismanagement” substitute “if the failure”.

(4)In paragraph 15D (management transfer), in sub-paragraph (1), for the words from “that” to the end of the sub-paragraph substitute “that a registered social landlord has failed to comply with a requirement imposed by or under an enactment.”

(5)In paragraph 15D, for sub-paragraph (2) substitute—

(2)But this paragraph does not apply if the failure relates only to the registered social landlord’s provision of housing in England.

8Appointment of manager of registered social landlord

(1)In Schedule 1 to the 1996 Act, paragraph 15F (appointment of manager) is amended as follows.

(2)In sub-paragraph (1), for the words from “that” to the end of the sub-paragraph substitute “that a registered social landlord has failed to comply with a requirement imposed by or under an enactment.”

(3)In sub-paragraph (2), for “where the misconduct or mismanagement” substitute “if the failure”.

9Amalgamation effected by Welsh Ministers

(1)In Schedule 1 to the 1996 Act, paragraph 15H (amalgamation) is amended as follows.

(2)In sub-paragraph (1), for the words from “that” to the end of the sub-paragraph substitute “that a registered social landlord which is a registered society has failed to comply with a requirement imposed by or under an enactment.”

(3) For sub-paragraph (2) substitute—

(2)But this paragraph does not apply if the failure relates only to the registered social landlord’s provision of housing in England.

Powers exercisable in respect of inquiries etc.

10Inquiries and reports

(1)Schedule 1 to the 1996 Act is amended as follows.

(2)In paragraph 20 (Welsh Ministers’ power to direct inquiry), in sub-paragraph (1), for “there may have been misconduct or mismanagement” substitute “the registered social landlord may have failed to comply with a requirement imposed by or under an enactment.”

(3)In paragraph 23 (powers exercisable on interim basis), in sub-paragraph (1)—

(a)for paragraph (a)(i) substitute—

(i)that a registered social landlord has failed to comply with a requirement imposed by or under an enactment, and; and

(b)in paragraph (b), for the words from “there” to the end of that paragraph substitute “a registered social landlord has failed to comply with a requirement imposed by or under an enactment.”

(4)In paragraph 23, in sub-paragraph (2)(a), for “misconduct or mismanagement” substitute “failure”.

(5)In paragraph 24 (powers exercisable as result of final report or audit), in sub-paragraph (1), for the words from “there” to “landlord” substitute “a registered social landlord has failed to comply with a requirement imposed by or under an enactment”.

(6)In paragraph 24, in sub-paragraph (2)(a), for “misconduct or mismanagement” substitute “failure”.

(7)In paragraph 27 (power to direct transfer of land), for sub-paragraph (1)(a) substitute—

(a)that it has failed to comply with a requirement imposed by or under an enactment, and.

Enforcement notices and penalties

11Enforcement notices

(1)Section 50C of the 1996 Act (enforcement notices) is amended as follows.

(2)For subsection (3) substitute—

(3)Case 2 is where the registered social landlord has failed to comply with a requirement imposed by or under an enactment.

(3)After subsection (10) insert—

(10A)But Case 2 is not to be treated as applying if any of the other cases listed in this section applies.

12Requirement to pay a penalty

(1)Section 50H of the 1996 Act (cases in which penalty may be imposed) is amended as follows.

(2)For subsection (3) substitute—

(3)Case 2 is where the registered social landlord has failed to comply with a requirement imposed by or under an enactment.

(3)After subsection (6) insert—

(6A)But Case 2 is not to be treated as applying if any of the other cases listed in this section applies.

Disposals of land

13Disposal of land: consent

(1)In the Housing Act 1985 (c. 68), in section 171D (subsequent dealings: qualifying dwelling house), in subsection (2ZA), after “housing” insert “or by a registered social landlord”.

(2)In the Housing Act 1988 (c. 50), omit section 81 (consent required for certain subsequent disposals).

(3)Section 133 of the Housing Act 1988 (consents required for subsequent disposals) is amended as follows.

(4)In subsection (1), omit “as defined in section 81(8) above”.

(5)In subsection (1B), after “housing” insert “or to a body registered as a registered social landlord under Chapter 1 of Part 1 of the Housing Act 1996.”

(6)In subsection (7), omit “9 or”.

(7)After subsection (10), insert—

(11)In this section “exempt disposal” means—

(a)the disposal of a dwelling-house to a person having the right to buy it under Part 5 of the Housing Act 1985 (whether the disposal is in fact made under that Part or otherwise);

(b)a compulsory disposal, within the meaning of Part 5 of the Housing Act 1985;

(c)the disposal of an easement or rentcharge;

(d)the disposal of an interest by way of security for a loan;

(e)the grant of a secure tenancy or what would be a secure tenancy but for any of paragraphs 2 to 12 of Schedule 1 to the Housing Act 1985;

(f)the grant of an assured tenancy or an assured agricultural occupancy, within the meaning of Part 1 of this Act, or what would be such a tenancy or occupancy but for any of paragraphs 4 to 8 of Schedule 1 to this Act;

(g)the transfer of an interest held on trust for any person where the disposal is made in connection with the appointment of a new trustee or in connection with the discharge of any trustee.

14Disposal of land: notification

In the 1996 Act, for section 9 substitute—

9Notification to Welsh Ministers of disposal of land

(1)If a registered social landlord disposes of land under section 8, the landlord must notify the Welsh Ministers.

(2)For the purposes of this section disposing of land means selling it, leasing it, mortgaging it, making it subject to a charge, or disposing of it in any other way.

(3)The Welsh Ministers may give directions to registered social landlords about—

(a)the delivery, form and content of notification under this section;

(b)the deadline for giving notification under this section.

(4)The Welsh Ministers may give directions to registered social landlords dispensing with a requirement to give notification under this section.

(5)A direction under this section may be given generally in respect of all registered social landlords, or in respect of a particular registered social landlord or a particular type of registered social landlord, and may make provision about notifications generally, or about particular notifications or types of notification.

(6)A direction may vary or revoke a previous direction under this section.

(7)A registered social landlord must comply with a direction under this section.

15Disposal proceeds fund

In the 1996 Act, omit—

(a)section 24 (disposal proceeds fund);

(b)section 25 (application or appropriation of disposal proceeds);

(c)section 26 (disposal proceeds: power to require information).

Board membership and voting rights

16Limit on local authority board membership and voting rights

Schedule 1 to this Act inserts a new Chapter 1A into Part 1 of the 1996 Act (social rented sector regulated by the Welsh Ministers), limiting local authorities’ powers in respect of the membership of the board of a registered social landlord and their voting rights.

General

17Minor and consequential amendments

Schedule 2 contains minor and consequential amendments.

18Power to make further consequential amendments etc.

(1)The Welsh Ministers may by regulations make such provision amending, repealing or revoking any enactment as they consider appropriate in consequence of any provision made by or under this Act, or for the purpose of giving full effect to any provision made by or under this Act.

(2)In this section, “enactment” means a provision contained in any of the following, whenever enacted or made—

(a)an Act of Parliament;

(b)a Measure or Act of the National Assembly for Wales;

(c)any instrument made under an Act within paragraph (a), or an Act or Measure within paragraph (b).

(3)Regulations under this section—

(a)are to be made by statutory instrument;

(b)may include transitional, transitory or saving provision.

(4)A statutory instrument containing regulations under this section which amend or repeal any provision of an Act of Parliament, or a Measure or Act of the National Assembly for Wales, may not be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before, and approved by resolution of, the National Assembly for Wales.

(5)Any other instrument containing regulations under this section is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of the National Assembly for Wales.

19Coming into force

(1)This section and section 20 come into force on the day after the day on which this Act receives Royal Assent.

(2)The other provisions of this Act come into force on such day as the Welsh Ministers may appoint by order made by statutory instrument.

(3)An order under subsection (2) may—

(a)appoint different days for different purposes;

(b)make transitional, transitory or saving provision in connection with the coming into force of a provision in this Act.

20Short title

The short title of this Act is the Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Act 2018.

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