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Housing and Regeneration Act 2008

Section 144 - Preparatory steps:  notice

360.This section provides that specified steps are effective only if the person specified in respect of those steps has given the regulator notice. The steps and the persons who must give notice in respect of those steps are set out in the table in this section. This section broadly replicates the effect of sections 40(1) to 40(5) of the 1996 Act.

361.The steps and the relevant persons who must give notice are as follows.

362.Any step to enforce security over land held by a registered provider must be notified by the person taking that step. The step must be of a description prescribed for the purpose by the Secretary of State by order - this broadly replicates the effect of section 39(3) of the 1996 Act.

363.The presenting of a petition for the winding up of a registered provider that is either a registered company or an industrial and provident society must be notified by the petitioner.

364.The passing of a resolution for the winding up of a registered provider that is a registered company or an industrial and provident society must be notified by the registered provider. The exception to this is the passing of a resolution for winding up that requires the regulator’s consent under section 162 or 164. This exception broadly replicates the effect of section 40(5) of the 1996 Act.

365.An application for an administration order in respect of a registered provider that is a registered company under paragraph 12 of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986 must be notified by the applicant for the administration order.

366.The appointment of an administrator in respect of a registered provider that is a registered company, under paragraph 14 (i.e. the holder of a qualifying floating charge) or paragraph 22 (i.e. the company itself or its directors) of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986 must be notified by the person making the appointment.

367.The filing with the court of a copy of a notice of intention to appoint an administrator in respect of a registered provider that is a registered company under paragraph 14 or paragraph 22 of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986 must be notified by the person filing the notice.

368.This section ensures that if the regulator presents a petition for the winding up of a registered provider under section 165 this does not trigger a moratorium on the disposal of the provider’s land.

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