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Housing and Regeneration Act 2008

Section 283 - Enforcement authorities

814.This section provides for every local weights and measures authority to enforce the duties in section 279 in its area.

Section 284 - Power to require production of certificates or statements

815.This section empowers officers of an enforcement authority to require a seller of a newly constructed residential property to produce for inspection (or to provide a hard copy) of the sustainability certificate or statement of non-assessment (subsections (1) to (3)). The request may be made up to six months after the last day on which the person concerned could have complied with the duty under section 279, and must be complied with within 7 days (subsections (4) and (6)). The duty in this section is subject to a defence of reasonable excuse for not complying with it (subsection (5)).

Section 285 - Penalty charge notices

This section provides for enforcement officers to give a penalty charge notice to a person the officer believes has committed a breach of the duties set out in section 279 or section 284.  The notice may be given up to six months from the commission of the breach (subsections (1) and (2)).  Schedule 10 has effect in relation to penalty charge notices (subsection (3)).

Section 286 - Offences relating to enforcement officers

816.This section provides for offences of obstructing an enforcement officer acting in pursuance of his duties under the Chapter (subsection (1)), and of impersonating an enforcement officer by purporting to act as one in pursuance of either section 284 or section 285 (subsection (2)). Both are punishable on summary conviction with a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, currently £5,000 (subsection (3)).

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