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Housing Act 1974

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13The register of housing associations

(1)There shall be a register of housing associations which shall be established and maintained by the Corporation and in which the Corporation may register any housing association which—

(a)is a registered charity and not an exempt charity ; or

(b)is a society registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 (in this Part of this Act referred to as "the 1965 Act") and fulfils the conditions in subsection (2) below.

(2)The conditions referred to in subsection (1)(b) above are that the housing association does not trade for profit and is established for the purpose of, or has among its objects or powers those of, providing, constructing, improving or managing—

(a)houses to be kept available for letting, or

(b)where the rules of the association restrict membership of the association to persons entitled or prospectively entitled (whether as tenants or otherwise) to occupy a house provided or managed by the association, houses for occupation by members of the association, or

(c)hostels,

and that, if the association has any additional purposes or objects, it has none which are not mentioned in subsection (3) below.

(3)The additional purposes or objects referred to in subsection (2) above are those—

(a)of providing land or buildings for purposes connected with the requirements of the persons occupying the houses or hostels provided or managed by the association;

(b)of providing amenities or services for the benefit of those persons, either exclusively or together with other persons;

(c)of encouraging and giving advice on the formation of other housing associations which would be eligible for registration by the Corporation ; and

(d)of providing services for, and giving advice on the running of, registered housing associations.

(4)The Corporation shall, after consultation with the committee established under section 14 below, establish criteria which should be satisfied by a housing association seeking registration, and may from time to time, after such consultation, vary those criteria.

(5)In deciding whether to register a housing association, the Corporation shall have regard—

(a)to any advice given to them by the committee established under section 14 below, and

(b)to the question whether the association satisfies the criteria established in accordance with subsection (4) above.

(6)For all purposes other than rectification of the register, a body shall be conclusively presumed to be a housing association falling within subsection (1) above at any time when it is or was on the register of housing associations.

(7)The register of housing associations shall be open to inspection at the head office of the Corporation at all reasonable times.

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