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Housing and Regeneration Act 2008

Section 239 - Housing ombudsman compensation

689.This section provides for the regulator’s power to require a provider to pay compensation to be co-ordinated with the arrangements for approved ombudsman schemes. All registered providers must be a member of an approved ombudsman scheme under section 124 and those schemes may provide for the ombudsman to determine that one of its members should pay compensation in respect of a case brought by an individual against that member.

690.Subsection (1) provides that where this is the case, the regulator may not direct a registered provider to pay compensation to the same person for the same reason.

691.Subsection (2) however permits the regulator to direct the provider to pay compensation in such cases where the ombudsman has awarded compensation, but the provider has not paid it.

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