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Housing and Regeneration Act 2008

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54Validity of transactions

(1)A transaction between a person and the HCA is not invalid merely because of a failure by the HCA to exercise its powers for the purposes mentioned in sections 3 and 4(2).

(2)A transaction between a person and the HCA is not invalid merely because it was carried out in contravention of a direction under section 47.

(3)A transaction between a person and a subsidiary of the HCA is not invalid merely because of a failure by the HCA to comply with section 41(1) or (2).

(4)A person entering into a transaction with the HCA or a subsidiary of the HCA need not be concerned as to whether—

(a)there has been a failure of the kind mentioned in subsection (1) or (3), or

(b)a direction of the kind mentioned in subsection (2) has been given or complied with.

(5)A disposal of land by the HCA is not invalid merely because any consent required by section 10(1) or (3) has not been given.

(6)A person dealing with—

(a)the HCA, or

(b)a person claiming under the HCA,

in relation to any land need not be concerned as to whether any consent required by section 10(1) or (3) has been given.

55Notices

(1)Any notice required or authorised under this Part to be served on any person may be served by—

(a)delivering it to the person,

(b)leaving it at the person’s proper address, or

(c)sending it by post to the person at that address.

(2)Any such notice may—

(a)in the case of a body corporate, be served in accordance with subsection (1) on an officer of the body, and

(b)in the case of a partnership, be served in accordance with subsection (1) on a partner or a person having the control or management of the partnership business.

(3)For the purposes of this section and section 7 of the Interpretation Act 1978 (c. 30) (service of documents by post) in its application to this section, the proper address of any person on whom a notice is to be served is the person’s last known address except as follows.

(4)For the purposes of this section and section 7 of the Act of 1978 in its application to this section, the proper address is—

(a)in the case of service on a body corporate or an officer of the body, the address of the registered or principal office of the body, and

(b)in the case of service on a partnership, a partner or a person having the control or management of the partnership business, the address of the principal office of the partnership.

(5)For the purposes of subsection (4) the principal office of a company registered outside the United Kingdom or of a partnership carrying on business outside the United Kingdom is its principal office within the United Kingdom.

(6)Subsection (7) applies if a person to be served under this Part with a notice has specified an address within the United Kingdom other than the person’s proper address (as decided under subsections (3) and (4)) as the one at which the person, or someone on the person’s behalf, will accept documents of the same description as the notice.

(7)The specified address is also to be treated for the purposes of this section and section 7 of the Act of 1978 in its application to this section as the person’s proper address.

(8)Subsection (9) applies if the name or address of any owner, lessee or occupier of land on whom a notice is to be served under this Part cannot, after reasonable inquiry, be ascertained.

(9)The notice may be served by—

(a)leaving it in the hands of a person who is, or appears to be, resident or employed on the land, or

(b)leaving it conspicuously affixed to a building or object on the land.

(10)Any notice required or authorised under this Part to be served on any person may be served on the person by transmitting the text of the notice to the person by means of an electronic communications network or by other means but while in electronic form provided the text is received by the person in legible form and is capable of being used for subsequent reference.

(11)In this section—

  • “body corporate” includes a limited liability partnership,

  • “director”, in relation to a body corporate whose affairs are managed by its members, means a member of the body corporate,

  • “officer of a body corporate” means any director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body corporate,

  • “partnership” does not include a limited liability partnership,

and references to serving include references to similar expressions (such as giving or sending).

56Consequential amendments: Part 1

Schedule 8 (which contains amendments of enactments) has effect.

57Interpretation: Part 1

(1)In this Part—

  • “conduit system” has the same meaning as in the electronic communications code; and references to providing a conduit system are to be read in accordance with paragraph 1(3A) of that code,

  • “develop” (and development), in relation to land or infrastructure, includes redevelop (and redevelopment),

  • “electronic communications apparatus” has the same meaning as in the electronic communications code,

  • “the electronic communications code” has the same meaning as in Chapter 1 of Part 2 of the Communications Act 2003 (c. 21),

  • “electronic communications code network” means—

    (a)

    so much of an electronic communications network or conduit system provided by an electronic communications code operator as is not excluded from the application of the electronic communications code by a direction under section 106 of the Act of 2003 (application of the electronic communications code), and

    (b)

    an electronic communications network which the Secretary of State is providing or proposing to provide,

  • “electronic communications code operator” means a person in whose case the electronic communications code is applied by a direction under section 106 of the Act of 2003,

  • “electronic communications network” has the same meaning as in the Act of 2003,

  • “enactment” includes subordinate legislation (within the meaning of the Interpretation Act 1978 (c. 30)),

  • “financial year” means—

    (a)

    the period beginning with the day on which the HCA is established and ending with the next 31 March, and

    (b)

    each subsequent period of 12 months ending with 31 March,

  • “improve”, in relation to housing and other land, includes refurbish, equip and fit out,

  • “modifications” includes omissions,

  • “notice” means notice in writing,

  • “operator”, in relation to an electronic communications code network means—

    (a)

    the electronic communications code operator providing that network, or

    (b)

    the Secretary of State, so far as the Secretary of State is providing or proposing to provide that network,

  • “provide” and related expressions, in relation to an electronic communications network, are to be read in accordance with section 32(4) of the Communications Act 2003 (c. 21).

(2)References in this Part to powers of the HCA do not include references to powers contained in duties imposed on the HCA.

58Index of defined expressions: Part 1

In this Part, the expressions listed in the left-hand column have the meaning given by, or are to be interpreted in accordance with, the provisions listed in the right-hand column.

ExpressionProvision
AllotmentSection 9(7)
BuildingSection 2(3)
CaravanSection 2(3)
CommonSection 9(7)
Conduit system (and providing such a system)Section 57(1)
Designated areaSection 13(5)
Designation orderSection 13(5)
Develop (and development)Section 57(1)
Electronic communications apparatusSection 57(1)
Electronic communications codeSection 57(1)
Electronic communications code networkSection 57(1)
Electronic communications code operatorSection 57(1)
Electronic communications networkSection 57(1)
EnactmentSection 57(1)
Financial yearSection 57(1)
Giving directionsSection 47(6)
The HCASection 1(1)
HousingSection 2(3)
ImproveSection 57(1)
InfrastructureSection 2(3)
LandSection 2(3) (and Schedule 1 to the Interpretation Act 1978 (c. 30))
Local planning authority (in relation to designation orders or proposed designation orders)Section 13(5)
ModificationsSection 57(1)
NoticeSection 57(1)
Objects of the HCASections 2, 19(5) and 52(3)
Open spaceSection 9(7)
Operator (in relation to electronic communications code network)Section 57(1)
Permitted purposesSection 13(5)
Powers of the HCASection 57(2)
Provide (in relation to an electronic communications network)Section 57(1)
Registered provider of social housingSection 80(2)(a)
Regulator of Social HousingSection 81(2)(a)
Social housing (and its provision)Section 32(13)
Social housing assistanceSection 32(13)
SubsidiarySection 23(5)
Urban development corporationSection 42(7)

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