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Housing and Regeneration Act 2008

Section 230 - Warning

667.This section sets out a warning procedure which must be followed before a penalty notice can be imposed. The regulator must give a registered provider a notice, called a “pre-penalty warning”, which must specify the grounds on which a penalty could be imposed, warn the provider that the regulator is considering imposing a penalty, include any indication the regulator can give of the likely amount, and explain the effect of sections 231, 234(1), (3) and (6) and 235.

668.Subsection (2) requires the regulator to give the HCA, and any other person that it thinks appropriate, a copy of the pre-penalty warning. In doing so, subsection (3)sets out that it should particularly take into account, when considering to whom it would be appropriate to send a copy, any person who has provided information as a result of which the regulator is considering making an award of compensation.

669.Subsection (5) requires the regulator to refer to section 125 (which permits registered providers to offer, and the regulator to prescribe a procedure for, the use of voluntary undertakings) and indicate in its pre-penalty warning whether the regulator would accept a voluntary undertaking under section 125 instead of or in mitigation of a penalty.

670.Subsection (6) provides that the regulator may combine the pre-penalty warning with warnings about the use of its other enforcement powers.

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