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Housing and Regeneration Act 2008

Section 228 - Imposition

663.This section provides that a penalty is imposed by a written notice being served on a registered provider. Subsection (2) requires the notice to specify which of the cases listed in subsections (2) to (7) of section 227 is the basis for the notice, the amount of the penalty that must be paid, how the penalty must be paid, the deadline for the payment of that fine, and any interest or additional penalty payable in the event of late payment.

664.Subsections (3) and (4) require that the penalty notice explain the effect of sections 234(1), (3) and (6) and section 235. These state that a penalty is treated as a debt to the regulator; that interest is treated as penalty; that, if an offence is punished with a penalty, it may not also be punished through prosecution; and that the provider can appeal to the High Court.

665.Subsection (5) provides for the Secretary of State to make further regulations about the period for payment of fines, the content of the penalty notice and the way in which a penalty notice may be served.

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