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4Inspections by local housing authorities to see whether category 1 or 2 hazards existE+W
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(1)If a local housing authority consider—

(a)as a result of any matters of which they have become aware in carrying out their duty under section 3, or

(b)for any other reason,

that it would be appropriate for any residential premises in their district to be inspected with a view to determining whether any category 1 or 2 hazard exists on those premises, the authority must arrange for such an inspection to be carried out.

(2)If an official complaint about the condition of any residential premises in the district of a local housing authority is made to the proper officer of the authority, and the circumstances complained of indicate—

(a)that any category 1 or category 2 hazard may exist on those premises, or

(b)that an area in the district should be dealt with as a clearance area,

the proper officer must inspect the premises or area.

(3)In this section “an official complaint” means a complaint in writing made by—

(a)a justice of the peace having jurisdiction in any part of the district, or

(b)the parish or community council for a parish or community within the district.

(4)An inspection of any premises under subsection (1) or (2)—

(a)is to be carried out in accordance with regulations made by the appropriate national authority; and

(b)is to extend to so much of the premises as the local housing authority or proper officer (as the case may be) consider appropriate in the circumstances having regard to any applicable provisions of the regulations.

(5)Regulations under subsection (4) may in particular make provision about—

(a)the manner in which, and the extent to which, premises are to be inspected under subsection (1) or (2), and

(b)the manner in which the assessment of hazards is to be carried out.

(6)Where an inspection under subsection (2) has been carried out and the proper officer of a local housing authority is of the opinion—

(a)that a category 1 or 2 hazard exists on any residential premises in the authority’s district, or

(b)that an area in their district should be dealt with as a clearance area,

the officer must, without delay, make a report in writing to the authority which sets out his opinion together with the facts of the case.

(7)The authority must consider any report made to them under subsection (6) as soon as possible.

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I1S. 4 wholly in force at 6.4.2006; s. 4 in force for certain purposes at Royal Assent see s. 270(2)(b); s. 4 in force for W. at 25.11.2005 by S.I. 2005/3237, art. 2(a); s. 4 in force for E. at 6.4.2006 by S.I. 2006/1060, art. 2(1)(a) (with Sch.)

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