Section 131 – Effect of application for residual attachment order
383.This section sets out the effects on the debtor and other persons where the creditor makes an application for a residual attachment order. The debtor must not, from the date the application was served until the court either makes a residual attachment order or dismisses the application, take any of the steps set out in subsection (3). Those steps are transferring or otherwise disposing of the property, burdening the property, granting any licence in relation to the property or entering into any agreement to do any of these steps. Subsection (4) provides that any such steps are void and subsection (5) provides that a breach of this section by the debtor or any other person may be dealt with as a contempt of court. Contempt of court is punishable by any of, or a combination of, admonition, fine and, in extreme cases, imprisonment or detention.