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Housing and Regeneration Act 2008

Section 298 - Certain family intervention tenancies: termination

854.This section makes provision in relation to the termination of local housing authority family intervention tenancies.

855.Subsection (1) provides that a local authority should not serve a notice to quit on a tenant of a family intervention tenancy unless a notice under subsection (2) has been served on the tenant and either:

  • the tenant has not requested a review of the kind specified in the notice (right to request, within 14 days of the service of the notice, a review of the authority’s decision to evict);

  • the tenant withdraws the request for a review; or

  • a notice under subsection (4)(b) has been served on the tenant (notice of the reasoning and decision of the requested review).

856.Subsection (2) sets out the required contents of the notice.

857.Subsections (3) and (4) explain what a local authority must do if a tenant requests a review of the local authority's decision within 14 days of the service of the notice under subsection (2). The local authority must carry out the review and serve notice of their decision and the reasons for it on the tenant.

858.Subsection (5) provides that an “appropriate authority” (i.e. the Secretary of State for England or the Welsh Ministers for Wales) may make regulations about the review procedure.

859.The procedure to be followed on review may be provided by regulations made by statutory instrument. The regulations may contain:

  • a description of the person who makes the review decision;

  • the circumstances under which the tenant would be entitled to an oral review;

  • whether or not and by whom the tenant can be represented during the review hearing.

These regulations will be subject to the negative resolution procedure.

860.Subsection (7) provides that any notice to quit or notice under subsection (2) served in respect of a family intervention tenancy, must also contain advice to the tenant about obtaining assistance in relation to the notice.

861.Subsection (8) provides that the type of advice the notice to quit or notice under subsection (2) must include may be provided by regulations subject to the negative resolution procedure.

862.Subsection (10) effectively applies the provisions of this section only to tenancies granted on or after the coming into force of this section.

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