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Housing and Regeneration Act 2008

Section 148 - Effect of moratorium

398.This section together with section 149 broadly replicates the effect of section 42(2) to 42(6) of the 1996 Act. Section 148 provides that during a moratorium certain disposals of land by a registered provider require the regulator’s prior consent.

399.Subsection (1) provides that the HCA may not give the registered provider a direction under section 32(4) (to repay or reapply grant) and may not take steps to enforce such a direction against the registered provider, during a moratorium.

400.Subsection (2) provides that the registered provider’s land may not be disposed of without the regulator’s prior written consent during a moratorium.

401.Subsection (3) provides that section 149 sets out the exceptions to subsection (1), and are therefore disposals which do not require the regulator’s prior written consent during a moratorium.

402.Subsection (4) provides that the regulator’s consent may be given before the moratorium begins and may be subject to conditions.

403.Subsection (5) provides that the requirement for the regulator’s prior written consent under this section does not prevent a liquidator from disclaiming land as onerous property during a moratorium.

404.Subsection (6) includes within the definition of “land” in this section any present or future interest in rent or other receipts arising from land.

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