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(1)The Housing Act 1985 is amended as follows.
(2)Insert the following after section 122 of the Housing Act 1985—
(1)Subsection (2) applies if—
(a)the Welsh Ministers are considering a local housing authority's application for a direction (“the draft direction”) in accordance with section 4(1) or (2) or 11(1) or (2) of the Housing (Wales) Measure 2011;
(b)a claim to exercise the right to buy is made under section 122(1) in respect of a dwelling-house to which—
(i)in the case of an application which is being considered in accordance with section 4(1) or (2) of the 2011 Measure, the draft direction applies, or
(ii)in the case of an application which is being considered in accordance with section 11(1) or (2) of the 2011 Measure, the enlarging elements (within the meaning of section 7 of that Measure) of the draft direction apply;
(c)the claim was made after the date on which the Welsh Ministers decided to consider the application for the proposed direction, and
(d)the application has not been determined or withdrawn.
(2)The claim to exercise the right to buy shall be stayed unless withdrawn by the tenant under section 122(3).
(3)If the Welsh Ministers refuse to issue the direction, the stay shall be lifted on the date of refusal.
(4)If the application for the direction is withdrawn, the stay shall be lifted on the date of withdrawal.
(5)If the Welsh Ministers have not granted or rejected an application for a direction within six months beginning with the date on which they decided to consider the application (see sections 4(4) and 11(4) of the 2011 Measure), the stay shall be lifted on the day after the end of that period.
(6)If a claim to exercise the right to buy is stayed at the time the Welsh Ministers grant an application for a direction, the claim is deemed not to have been made.
(7)This section does not affect the computation of any period under Schedule 4.”
(3)In section 124 (landlord's notice admitting or denying right to buy)—
(a)in subsection (1), insert “ or (3) ” after “subsection (2)”;
(b)after subsection (2) insert—
“(3)But the period for serving a notice in a case where the stay of a claim to exercise the right to buy has been lifted under subsection (3), (4) or (5) of section 122A is four weeks beginning with the lifting date where the requirement of section 119 is satisfied by a period or periods during which the landlord was the landlord on which the tenant's notice under section 122 was served, and eight weeks beginning with the lifting date in any other case.”
(4)In section 153A (tenant's notices of delay), in subsection (1)(a), insert “ or (3) ” after “subsection (2)”.
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