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Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

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98Disposal of family home

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(1)This section applies where a confiscation order has been made in relation to any person and the prosecutor has not satisfied the court that the person’s interest in his family home has been acquired as a benefit from his criminal conduct.

(2)Where this section applies, then, before the administrator disposes of any right or interest in the person’s family home he shall—

(a)obtain the relevant consent; or

(b)where he is unable to do so, apply to the court for authority to carry out the disposal.

(3)On an application being made to it under subsection (2)(b), the court, after having regard to all the circumstances of the case including—

(a)the needs and financial resources of the spouse or former spouse of the person concerned;

(b)the needs and financial resources of any child of the family;

(c)the length of the period during which the family home has been used as a residence by any of the persons referred to in paragraph (a) or (b),

may refuse to grant the application or may postpone the granting of the application for such period (not exceeding 12 months) as it may consider reasonable in the circumstances or may grant the application subject to such conditions as it may prescribe.

(4)Subsection (3) shall apply—

(a)to an action for division and sale of the family home of the person concerned; or

(b)to an action for the purpose of obtaining vacant possession of that home,

brought by the administrator as it applies to an application under subsection (2)(b) and, for the purposes of this subsection, any reference in subsection (3) to the granting of the application shall be construed as a reference to the granting of decree in the action.

(5)In this section—

  • “family home”, in relation to any person (in this subsection referred to as “the relevant person”) means any property in which the relevant person has or had (whether alone or in common with any other person) a right or interest, being property which is occupied as a residence by the relevant person and his or her spouse or by the relevant person’s spouse or former spouse (in any case with or without a child of the family) or by the relevant person with a child of the family;

  • “child of the family” includes any child or grandchild of either the relevant person or his or her spouse or former spouse, and any person who has been treated by either the relevant person or his or her spouse or former spouse as if he or she were a child of the relevant person, spouse or former spouse, whatever the age of such a child, grandchild or person may be; and

  • “relevant consent” means in relation to the disposal of any right or interest in a family home—

    (a)

    in a case where the family home is occupied by the spouse or former spouse of the relevant person, the consent of the spouse or, as the case may be, of the former spouse, whether or not the family home is also occupied by the relevant person;

    (b)

    where paragraph (a) does not apply, in a case where the family home is occupied by the relevant person with a child of the family, the consent of the relevant person.

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