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Housing (Scotland) Act 2010

Removal, suspension and appointment of officers

75.Under section 60, the regulator may remove an officer of a registered social landlord (a committee member of a registered society or a director of a company limited by guarantee) who is bankrupt or apparently insolvent; disqualified from being a company director or charity trustee; incapable of fulfilling their role because of a mental disorder; or is impeding the effective management of the RSL because of their absence or failure to act. The regulator must give the officer and the RSL 14 days’ notice of its intention to remove the officer. “Officer” has the meaning given in the Interpretation section (165).

76.Section 61 gives the regulator power to suspend a “responsible individual” (an officer or agent of an RSL) if it considers they have been responsible for, party to, or otherwise have contributed to misconduct or mismanagement of the registered social landlord’s financial or other affairs, or if it considers that the RSL’s tenants’ interests or its assets need to be protected, or that there is obstruction or non co-operation in relation to Part 7. Again, the regulator must give the individual and the RSL 14 days’ notice of its intention. The regulator may appoint an individual to perform the suspended individual’s functions and give the RSL directions about performing those functions or other matters arising from the suspension. Subsection (5) makes it an offence for a suspended individual to act, without the regulator’s consent, in the management or control of any registered social landlord.

77.Section 62 allows the regulator to remove a responsible individual if it considers that there has been misconduct or mismanagement, or the RSL’s assets or tenants’ interests need to be protected, or that there is obstruction or non co-operation in relation to Part 7. Again, there is a requirement for the regulator to give 14 days’ notice. Subsection (3) makes it an offence for an individual who has been removed to act without the regulator’s consent in the management or control of any registered social landlord. A “responsible individual” is a person defined as such under section 63: an officer or agent of an RSL who appears to have been responsible for, facilitated or contributed to, or been privy to, the misconduct, mismanagement, failure etc.

78.A decision by the regulator under section 60, 61 or 62 can be appealed to the Court of Session under section 64.

79.Under section 65 the regulator has the power to appoint a new or additional officer to a registered social landlord. The regulator may use its power to appoint an officer:

  • to replace an officer it has removed;

  • if the RSL has no officers;

  • if the number of officers has fallen below that required by the RSL’s constitution (and there is no mechanism in the constitution to remedy this); or

  • if it considers it necessary for the proper management of the registered social landlord’s financial or other affairs.

80.Subsection (3) provides for the regulator, in some circumstances, to require the RSL to take out personal indemnity insurance for the person appointed.

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