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Housing (Scotland) Act 2014

Registered social landlord becoming a subsidiary of another body

204.Section 98 adds new sections after sections 104 and 124 of the 2010 Act.

205.Subsection (1) introduces new section 104A. The new section provides that arrangements under which a RSL would become the subsidiary of another body are subject to the consent of the Regulator in the same way as arrangements by which a RSL would transfer its assets to another RSL.

206.Subsection (2) introduces new sections 124A and 124B.

207.Subsection (1) of new section 124A provides that arrangements by which a RSL would become a subsidiary of another body are subject to the special procedures set out in sections 114 to 121 of the 2010 Act. This has the effect of making the Regulator’s consent conditional on the tenants of the RSL having been consulted beforehand. Subsection (2) of the new section describes exceptional circumstances in which the special procedures at sections 114 to 121 of the 2010 Act are not to apply. They are the same circumstances in relation to financial jeopardy that section 97 introduces through new sections 67(4A)(a)-(c) of the 2010 Act. Subsection (3) provides that in these circumstances the Regulator can give or refuse its consent to a RSL becoming a subsidiary of another RSL without the tenants of the RSL having been consulted.

208.New section 124B makes purchaser protection provision (identical to that made by sections 122 and 124 for disposal and restructuring consents) in relation to the provision made by section 124A.

209.Subsections (3) and (4) make the definition of “subsidiary” currently provided for the purposes of section 164 of the 2010 Act apply more generally, to interpret its use in the new provisions. No change is made to the meaning; “subsidiary” continues to have the same meaning as in the Companies Act 2006 or, as the case may be, the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies and Credit Unions Act 1968.

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