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Part 2E+WRegulation of Social Housing

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Modifications etc. (not altering text)

Chapter 1E+WIntroduction

PreliminaryE+W

59PurposeE+W

The purpose of this Part is to regulate the provision of social housing (as defined in sections 68 to 77) by English bodies (as defined in section 79).

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I1S. 59 in force at 8.9.2008 by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

60Structural overviewE+W

(1)This Part replaces the system of “registered social landlords” under Part 1 of the Housing Act 1996 (c. 52).

(2)That Part will continue to apply in relation to Wales (see section 61).

(3)Certain provisions of that Part—

(a)are applied in relation to England by this Part (see section 179), or

(b)are preserved although they apply to England only (see section 124).

(4)The Table describes the content of this Part.

ChapterSectionsTopicContents
159 to 80Introduction

(a)Preliminary

(b)Social housing

(c)Other key concepts

[F1292A to 109The Social Housing Regulator

(a)The regulator and the Regulation Committee

(b)Fundamental objectives

(c)Powers

(d)Money

(e)Information]

3110 to 121Registration

(a)Introduction

(b)Eligibility

(c)Procedure

4122 to 169Registered providers

(a)General provisions

(b)Accounts

(c) Insolvency etc.

(d)Restructuring and dissolution

5170 to 191Disposal of property [F2by private registered providers]

(a)Introductory

(b)Regulator's consent

(c)Proceeds

(d)Tenants' rights and duties

(e)Miscellaneous

(f)Right to acquire

(g)Consents under other legislation

6192 to 217Regulatory powers

(a)Standards

(b)Monitoring

(c)Management and constitution

(d)Guidance

(e)Managers of social housing

7218 to [F3269B]Enforcement powers

(a)General

(b)Enforcement notice

(c)Penalty

(d)Compensation

(e)Management

(f)Restrictions on dealings

(g)Suspension and removal of officers

[F4(h)Censure of local authority employees]

8270 to 278General

(a)Interpretation

(b)Miscellaneous

61Restriction of “registered social landlord” system to WalesE+W

(1)Part 1 of the Housing Act 1996 (c. 52) (social rented sector) is amended as follows (and the title of Part 1 becomes “Social Rented Sector in Wales”).

(2)Before section 1 (register of social landlords) insert—

A1Introduction

This Chapter provides for the registration of social landlords in Wales.

(3)In section 1—

(a)for “The Relevant Authority” substitute “ The Welsh Ministers ”, and

(b)omit subsections (1A) and (1B).

(4)After section 1 insert—

1AWelsh bodies

In this Chapter “Welsh body” means a body which is—

(a)a registered charity whose address, for the purposes of registration by the Charity Commission for England and Wales, is in Wales,

(b)[F5a registered society] whose registered office for the purposes of the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 is in Wales, or

(c)a company within the meaning of the Companies Act 2006 which has its registered office for the purposes of that Act in Wales.

(5)In section 2 (eligibility for registration)—

(a)in subsection (1), for “A body” substitute “ A Welsh body ”,

(b)in subsection (2) after “that the body is” insert “ principally concerned with Welsh housing, is ”,

(c)after subsection (2) insert—

(2A)A body is principally concerned with Welsh housing if the Welsh Ministers think—

(a)that it owns housing only or mainly in Wales, or

(b)that its activities are principally undertaken in respect of Wales;

and once a body has been registered in reliance on paragraph (a) or (b) it does not cease to be eligible for registration by virtue only of ceasing to satisfy that paragraph.,

(d)in subsection (7) for “Secretary of State” (in each place) substitute “ Welsh Ministers ”, and

(e)in subsection (8) for “either House of Parliament” substitute “ the National Assembly for Wales ”.

(6)In section 3 (registration)—

(a)in subsection (1) for “any body” substitute “ any Welsh body ”, and

(b)in subsection (4) for “A body” substitute “ A Welsh body ”.

(7)The table sets out substitutions which have effect throughout the Part (except section 51 and Schedule 2); and where necessary in consequence of those substitutions, for words in the singular substitute appropriate corresponding words in the plural.

ExpressionSubstitution
“the Relevant Authority”“the Welsh Ministers”
“the Authority”“the Welsh Ministers”
“the Relevant Authority's”“the Welsh Ministers”

(8)Omit section 56 (meaning of “the Relevant Authority”).

(9)Sections 62 and 63 make other consequential amendments.

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Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I3S. 61 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

62References to Welsh MinistersE+W

In the following provisions of the Housing Act 1996 (c. 52)—

(a)for “Secretary of State” substitute “ Welsh Ministers ”,

(b)for “Secretary of State makes” substitute “ Welsh Ministers make ”,

(c)for “he” substitute “ they ”,

(d)for “him” substitute “ them ” (except in section 12A(4)), and

(e)for “considers” substitute “ consider ”.

ProvisionTopic
Section 9(1A)(b)Consent for disposal of land
Section 12A(4)Right of first refusal: regulations
Section 15A(5)Deferred resale agreements: order
Section 17(1), (2)(b), (5)(b) and (6)Right to acquire: orders and regulations
Section 18(5)(b)Social housing grants: appointment of agent
Section 23(6)Loans: approved schemes
Section 27A(3)Grants to other bodies: further provision
Section 29(1), (2) and (3)Commutation of special residual subsidy
Section 30(5)(b)Collection of information: notice
Section 39(3)Insolvency etc: order defining terms
Section 46(7)(b)Appointment of manager: order
Section 52(1) and (3)Orders: general
Section 53(1), (4) and (5)Determinations: general
Section 55(2)Consequential: order
Paragraph 9(3A)(b) of Schedule 1Change of rules of [F6registered society]: consent
Paragraph 11(3A)(b) of Schedule 1Change of articles of company: consent
Paragraph 15A(1) of Schedule 1Transfer of assets of charity on dissolution: order
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Amendments (Textual)

F6Words in Act substituted (1.8.2014 immediately after s. 1 of the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies and Credit Unions Act 2010 comes into force) by Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 (c. 14), s. 154, Sch. 4 para. 123 (with Sch. 5)

Commencement Information

I4S. 62 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

63References to National Assembly for WalesE+W

In the following provisions of the Housing Act 1996 (c. 52) for “either House of Parliament” substitute “ the National Assembly for Wales ”.

ProvisionTopic
Section 12A(8)(b)Right of first refusal: regulations
Section 15A(6)(b)Deferred resale agreements: order
Section 17(7)Right to acquire: orders and regulations
Section 27A(10)Grants to other bodies: order
Section 39(3)Insolvency: order
Section 55(3)Consequential: order
Paragraph 15A(4) of Schedule 1Transfer of assets of charity on dissolution: order
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Commencement Information

I5S. 63 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

64Dissolution of Housing CorporationE+W

(1)The Secretary of State shall by order make provision for the dissolution of the Housing Corporation.

(2)The Secretary of State may by order make consequential amendment of enactments referring to the Housing Corporation.

(3)Omit section 33A of the Housing Associations Act 1985 (c. 69) (provision of services between the Corporations).

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Commencement Information

I6S. 64(1)(2) in force at 16.2.2009 by S.I. 2009/363, art. 2

I7S. 64(3) in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

65Transfer schemesE+W

(1)The Secretary of State may make one or more schemes for the transfer of the Housing Corporation's property, rights or liabilities to—

(a)the regulator,

(b)the HCA, or

(c)the Secretary of State.

(2)On the transfer date, the designated property, rights or liabilities are transferred and vest in accordance with the scheme.

(3)Schedule 6 applies to a scheme under this section.

(4)In this section—

(5)Schedule 7 makes provision about the tax implications of schemes under this section (and schemes under section 51).

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I8S. 65 in force at 8.9.2008 by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

66Interim arrangementsE+W

The Secretary of State may by notice require the Housing Corporation to provide staff, premises, facilities or other assistance to—

(a)the regulator, or

(b)the HCA.

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Commencement Information

I9S. 66 in force at 8.9.2008 as it applies in relation to, or makes provision about the tax implications of, schemes under ss. 51 and 65 by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

67Transitional arrangementsE+W

(1)The Secretary of State may by order transfer functions of the Housing Corporation to—

(a)the regulator,

(b)the HCA, or

(c)the regulator and the HCA jointly or concurrently.

(2)An order under subsection (1) may make provision in relation to English registered social landlords which is similar to any provision made by this Part in relation to registered providers.

(3)English registered social landlord” means a body—

(a)which is registered as a social landlord under Part 1 of the Housing Act 1996, and

(b)which does not fall within paragraphs (a) to (c) of section 56(2) of that Act (Welsh bodies).

(4)The Secretary of State may by order make further provision in respect of a function transferred under this section (which may, in particular, include provision for the function to cease to be exercisable).

(5)Provision made under this section, including provision made by virtue of section 320(1)(d), may modify an enactment.

(6)Provision under section 322(1) in connection with the coming into force of a provision of this Act may, in particular, include transitional provision having regard to the effect of provision made under this section.

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Commencement Information

I10S. 67 in force at 8.9.2008 as it applies in relation to, or makes provision about the tax implications of, schemes under ss. 51 and 65 by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

I11S. 67 in force at 1.4.2010 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

Social housingE+W

68Basic principleE+W

(1)In this Part “social housing” means—

(a)low cost rental accommodation (defined by section 69), and

(b)low cost home ownership accommodation (defined by section 70).

(2)Accommodation which becomes “social housing” by satisfying subsection (1)(a) or (b) remains “social housing” for the purposes of this Part unless and until an event specified in sections 73 to 76 occurs.

(3)Section 77 makes transitional provision as a result of which certain accommodation is to be treated as “social housing” whether or not it satisfies subsection (1)(a) or (b).

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I12S. 68 in force at 8.9.2008 for specified purposes by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

I13S. 68 in force at 1.4.2010 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

69Low cost rentalE+W

Accommodation is low cost rental accommodation if—

(a)it is made available for rent,

(b)the rent is below the market rate, and

(c)the accommodation is made available in accordance with rules designed to ensure that it is made available to people whose needs are not adequately served by the commercial housing market.

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Commencement Information

I14S. 69 in force at 8.9.2008 for specified purposes by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

I15S. 69 in force at 1.4.2010 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

70Low cost home ownershipE+W

(1)Accommodation is low cost home ownership accommodation if the following conditions are satisfied.

(2)Condition 1 is that the accommodation is occupied, or made available for occupation, in accordance with—

(a)shared ownership arrangements,

(b)equity percentage arrangements, or

(c)shared ownership trusts.

(3)Condition 2 is that the accommodation is made available in accordance with rules designed to ensure that it is made available to people whose needs are not adequately served by the commercial housing market.

(4)Shared ownership arrangements” means arrangements under a lease which—

(a)is granted on payment of a premium calculated by reference to a percentage of either the value of the accommodation or the cost of providing it, and

(b)provides that the tenant (or the tenant's personal representatives) will or may be entitled to a sum calculated by reference to the value of the accommodation.

(5)Equity percentage arrangements” means arrangements under which—

(a)the owner of a freehold or leasehold interest in residential property (“the seller”) conveys it to an individual (“the buyer”),

(b)the buyer, in consideration for the conveyance—

(i)pays the seller a sum (the “initial payment”) expressed to represent a percentage of the value of the interest at the time of the conveyance, and

(ii)agrees to pay the seller other sums calculated by reference to a percentage of the value of the interest at the time when each sum is to be paid, and

(c)the liability to make any payment required by the arrangements (apart from the initial payment) is secured by a mortgage.

(6)Shared ownership trusts has the same meaning as in Schedule 9 to the Finance Act 2003 (c. 14) (stamp duty land tax).

(7)The Secretary of State may make regulations amending—

(a)the definition of “low cost home ownership accommodation”;

(b)the definition of any of the sub-categories specified in that definition.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I16S. 70 in force at 8.9.2008 for specified purposes by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

I17S. 70 in force at 1.4.2010 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

71Shared ownership low cost rentalE+W

Accommodation which is both low cost rental accommodation and low cost home ownership accommodation is to be treated as the latter and not as the former.

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Commencement Information

I18S. 71 in force at 8.9.2008 for specified purposes by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

I19S. 71 in force at 1.4.2010 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

72RegulationsE+W

(1)The Secretary of State may make regulations providing that specified property, or a specified class of property, is or is not to be treated as social housing for the purposes of this Part.

(2)The regulations may provide for property to be social housing despite not satisfying section 68(1)(a) or (b) where the Secretary of State thinks the property is of a kind, or is provided in circumstances, that serve the needs of a group whose needs are not adequately served by the commercial housing market.

(3)The regulations—

(a)may override section 68(2),

(b)are subject to sections 68(3) and 77, and

(c)are subject to sections 69 and 70 (but may clarify doubt about the application of those sections).

(4)The regulations—

(a)may make provision by reference to the opinion of the regulator or another specified person, and

(b)may make provision by reference to designation, agreement or other action by the regulator or another specified person.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I20S. 72 in force at 8.9.2008 by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

73Leaving the social housing stock: saleE+W

(1)A dwelling ceases to be social housing if it is sold to the tenant.

(2)Low cost rental accommodation is “sold to the tenant” when the tenant exercises a statutory or contractual right and as a result becomes the owner of—

(a)the freehold interest in the property, or

(b)the leasehold interest previously owned by the person providing the social housing.

(3)Low cost home ownership accommodation of the shared ownership kind is “sold to the tenant” when the tenant exercises a statutory or contractual right and as a result becomes the owner of—

(a)the freehold interest in the property, or

(b)the leasehold interest previously owned by the person providing the social housing.

(4)Low cost home ownership accommodation of the equity percentage kind is “sold to the tenant” when the “buyer” (see section 70(5)(a)) exercises a statutory or contractual right as a result of which the equity percentage arrangements (see section 70(5)) come to an end.

(5)Low cost home ownership accommodation of the shared ownership trust kind comes to an end when the “purchaser” (see paragraph 7(4)(a) of Schedule 9 to the Finance Act 2003 (c. 14)) exercises a statutory or contractual right as a result of which the trust comes to an end.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I21S. 73 in force at 8.9.2008 for specified purposes by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

I22S. 73 in force at 1.4.2010 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

74Leaving the social housing stock: expired leaseE+W

(1)A dwelling ceases to be social housing if—

(a)the provider holds a leasehold interest in the dwelling, and

(b)the leasehold interest expires.

(2)A lease from an associate or subsidiary of the provider is disregarded for the purposes of subsection (1).

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I23S. 74 in force at 8.9.2008 for specified purposes by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

I24S. 74 in force at 1.4.2010 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

75Leaving the social housing stock: disposal with consentE+W

(1)A dwelling ceases to be social housing if it is disposed of with the regulator's consent in accordance with—

(a)Chapter 5,

(b)section 171D of the Housing Act 1985 (c. 68) (consent to certain disposals of housing obtained subject to the preserved right to buy), or

(c)section 81 or 133 of the Housing Act 1988 (c. 50) (consent to certain disposals of housing obtained from housing action trusts or local authorities).

[F7(1A)A dwelling ceases to be social housing if it is—

(a)disposed of with the Secretary of State’s consent in accordance with section 32 or 43 of the Housing Act 1985 (disposals by local authorities),

(b)appropriated with the Secretary of State’s consent in accordance with section 19(2) of that Act (appropriation by local authorities for some other purpose), or

(c)disposed of by a local authority with the Secretary of State’s consent in accordance with any other enactment.]

(2)[F8Subsections (1) and (1A) do] not apply to a disposal in pursuance of shared ownership arrangements or equity percentage arrangements.

(3)[F9Subsections (1) and (1A) do] not apply if the consent is conditional upon the dwelling continuing to be low cost rental accommodation or low cost home ownership accommodation.

(4)A condition of that kind shall include provision for determining when the dwelling ceases to be social housing.

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Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I25S. 75 in force at 8.9.2008 for specified purposes by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

I26S. 75 in force at 1.4.2010 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

76Leaving the social housing stock: regulator's directionE+W

(1)The regulator may direct that a specified dwelling is to cease to be social housing.

(2)The regulator may make a direction only on the application of the provider.

[F10(3)A direction may not be made if the provider is a local authority.]

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Commencement Information

I27S. 76 in force at 8.9.2008 for specified purposes by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

I28S. 76 in force at 1.4.2010 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

77Housing stock under Housing Act 1996E+W

(1)This section applies to property owned by a registered social landlord within the meaning of Part 1 of the Housing Act 1996 (c. 52) before the coming into force of section 61 of this Act.

(2)Property to which this section applies is social housing—

(a)whether or not it satisfies section 68(1)(a) or (b), and

(b)unless and until an event specified in sections 73 to 76 occurs.

(3)But property to which any of the exceptions below applies when section 61 comes into force is social housing only if the purchase, construction or renovation of the property was funded by means of a grant under—

(a)section 19 (financial assistance by the HCA),

(b)section 18 of the Housing Act 1996 (social housing grant), or

(c)section 50 of the Housing Act 1988, section 41 of the Housing Associations Act 1985 (c. 69) or section 29 or 29A of the Housing Act 1974 (c. 44) (housing association grant).

(4)Exception 1 is accommodation let on the open market.

(5)Exception 2 is accommodation made available only to students in full-time education or training.

(6)Exception 3 is a care home (within the meaning of the Care Standards Act 2000 (c. 14)) in which nursing is provided.

(7)Exception 4 is accommodation provided in response to a request by the Secretary of State under section 100 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (c. 33) (support for asylum seekers).

(8)Exception 5 is property of a kind specified by regulations made by the Secretary of State.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I29S. 77 in force at 8.9.2008 for specified purposes by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

I30S. 77 in force at 1.4.2010 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

Other key conceptsE+W

F1178Regulator of Social HousingE+W

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79English bodiesE+W

(1)In this Part “English body” means—

(a)a registered charity whose address for the purposes of registration by the Charity Commission is in England,

(b)[F5a registered society] whose registered office for the purposes of [F12the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014] is in England,

(c)a registered company which has its registered office in England,

(d)a community land trust which owns land in England, and

(e)any other person (whether or not a body corporate registered under the law of the United Kingdom) which—

(i)is not a Welsh body within the meaning of section 1A of the Housing Act 1996 (c. 52) [F13or a local authority in Wales], and

(ii)makes available, or intends to make available, accommodation in England.

(2)In subsection (1)(d) “community land trust” means a body corporate which satisfies the conditions below.

(3)In those conditions “local community” means the individuals who live or work, or want to live or work, in a specified area.

(4)Condition 1 is that the body is established for the express purpose of furthering the social, economic and environmental interests of a local community by acquiring and managing land and other assets in order—

(a)to provide a benefit to the local community, and

(b)to ensure that the assets are not sold or developed except in a manner which the trust's members think benefits the local community.

(5)Condition 2 is that the body is established under arrangements which are expressly designed to ensure that—

(a)any profits from its activities will be used to benefit the local community (otherwise than by being paid directly to members),

(b)individuals who live or work in the specified area have the opportunity to become members of the trust (whether or not others can also become members), and

(c)the members of the trust control it.

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Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I31S. 79 in force at 8.9.2008 for specified purposes by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

I32S. 79 in force at 1.4.2010 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

80Provider of social housingE+W

(1)In this Chapter a reference to the provider of social housing is to be construed as follows.

Type of social housingProvider
Low cost rental accommodationThe landlord
Low cost home ownership accommodation: shared ownershipThe landlord
Low cost home ownership accommodation: equity percentage“The seller” within the meaning of section 70(5)(a)
Low cost home ownership accommodation: shared ownership trustThe “social landlord” within the meaning of paragraph 7(3) of Schedule 9 to the Finance Act 2003

(2)Chapter 3 provides for the establishment of a register of providers of social housing: persons listed in the register—

(a)may be referred to in an enactment or other instrument as “registered providers of social housing”, and

(b)are referred to in this Part as “registered providers”.

[F14(3)Persons listed in the register who are not local authorities—

(a)may be referred to in an enactment or other instrument as “private registered providers of social housing”, and

(b)are referred to in this Part as “private registered providers”.]

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Commencement Information

I33S. 80 in force at 8.9.2008 for specified purposes by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

I34S. 80 in force at 1.4.2010 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

Chapter 2E+WThe Social Housing Regulator

ConstitutionE+W

F1581EstablishmentE+W

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F1682MembershipE+W

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F1783TenureE+W

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F1884Chief executiveE+W

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F1985Other staffE+W

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ProceedingsE+W

F2086Fundamental objectivesE+W

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F2187ProcedureE+W

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F2288Conflict of interestE+W

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F2389CommitteesE+W

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F2490DelegationE+W

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F2591SealE+W

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F2692Annual reportE+W

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[F27The regulator and the Regulation CommitteeE+W

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F27Ss. 92A-92K and cross-heading inserted (15.1.2012 for the insertion of ss. 92B(1), 92C, 92D, 92E, 92F, 92G, 92H, 92I, 1.4.2012 in so far as not already in force) by Localism Act 2011 (c. 20), s. 240(2), Sch. 16 para. 26 (with Sch. 16 para. 69); S.I. 2012/57, art. 4(1)(t)(ii) (with arts. 6 7 9-11); S.I. 2012/628, art. 6(i) (with arts. 9 11 14 15 17)

92ARegulation functions of the HCAE+W

(1) In this Part “ the regulator ” means the HCA.

(2) In any other enactment or instrument “ the Regulator of Social Housing ” means the HCA.

92B The Regulation CommitteeE+W

(1)The HCA must establish a committee to be known as the Regulation Committee.

(2)The functions conferred on the HCA as the regulator by virtue of this Part, or as the Regulator of Social Housing by virtue of any other enactment or instrument, are exercisable by the HCA acting through the Regulation Committee.

(3)Those functions are not exercisable by the HCA in any other way.

(4)Subsections (2) and (3) are subject to any express provision to the contrary in this Part or in the enactment or instrument in question.

(5)References in this Part to the functions of the regulator are to the functions mentioned in subsection (2).

(6)References in any enactment or instrument to the social housing functions of the HCA or the Regulator of Social Housing are to the functions mentioned in subsection (2).

92C Membership of the Regulation CommitteeE+W

(1)The Regulation Committee is to consist of—

(a)a person appointed by the Secretary of State to chair the Committee (“the chair”), and

(b)not less than four and not more than six other members appointed by the Secretary of State.

(2)The chair of the Committee must not be a member of the HCA immediately prior to the chair's appointment as such, but becomes a member of the HCA on appointment.

(3)One other member of the Committee may be a member of the HCA.

(4)The member within subsection (3) is referred to in this Part as the internal member.

(5)The remaining members of the Committee must be neither a member nor a member of staff of the HCA.

(6)A member within subsection (5) is referred to in this Part as an external member.

(7)The Secretary of State must consult the chair before appointing the other members.

(8)In appointing a person to be a member, the Secretary of State must have regard to the desirability of appointing a person who has experience of, and has shown some capacity in, a matter relevant to the exercise of the functions of the regulator.

(9)In appointing a person to be a member, the Secretary of State must be satisfied that the person will have no financial or other interest likely to affect prejudicially the exercise of the person's functions as a member.

(10)The Secretary of State may require any person whom the Secretary of State proposes to appoint as a member to provide such information as the Secretary of State considers necessary for the purposes of subsection (9).

92D Terms of appointment of membersE+W

(1)A member of the Regulation Committee holds office in accordance with the member's terms of appointment.

(2)A member may resign by serving notice on the Secretary of State.

(3)A person ceases to be the chair if the person—

(a)resigns that office by serving notice on the Secretary of State, or

(b)ceases to be a member of the Committee.

(4)If a person ceases to be the chair, the person—

(a)ceases to be a member of the Committee, and

(b)ceases to be a member of the HCA.

(5)A person ceases to be the internal member if the person ceases to be a member of the HCA.

(6)A person who ceases to be a member or the chair is eligible for reappointment (subject to section 92C).

(7)The Secretary of State may remove a member who—

(a)has been absent from meetings of the Committee without its permission for more than six months,

(b)has become bankrupt or has made an arrangement with the member's creditors,

(c)the Secretary of State thinks has failed to comply with the member's terms of appointment, or

(d)the Secretary of State thinks is otherwise unable, unfit or unsuitable to exercise the functions of that member.

92E Remuneration etc of members E+W

(1)The Secretary of State may require the HCA to pay to the chair such additional remuneration and allowances as the Secretary of State may decide.

(2)The Secretary of State may require the HCA to pay to the external members of the Regulation Committee such remuneration and allowances as the Secretary of State may decide.

(3)The Secretary of State may require the HCA to—

(a)pay such pensions, allowances or gratuities as the Secretary of State may decide to or in respect of any external member or former external member;

(b)pay such sums as the Secretary of State may decide towards provision for the payment of pensions, allowances or gratuities to or in respect of any external member or former external member.

(4)Subsection (5) applies if—

(a)a person ceases to be an external member, and

(b)the Secretary of State considers that there are special circumstances that make it appropriate for the person to receive compensation.

(5)The Secretary of State may require the HCA to pay the person such amount as the Secretary of State may decide.

92F Sub-committees of the Regulation CommitteeE+W

(1)The Regulation Committee may establish one or more sub-committees.

(2)A sub-committee may include persons who are not members of the Committee.

(3)The Secretary of State may require the HCA to pay such remuneration and allowances as the Secretary of State may decide to any person who—

(a)is a member of a sub-committee, but

(b)is not a member of the Committee.

(4)The HCA may dissolve a sub-committee.

92G Procedure of the Committee and its sub-committeesE+W

(1)The Regulation Committee may decide—

(a)its own procedure, and

(b)the procedure of any of its sub-committees.

(2)Subject to subsection (1), a sub-committee may decide its own procedure.

(3)The validity of proceedings of the Committee or of any of its sub-committees is not affected by—

(a)any vacancy in its membership,

(b)any defect in the appointment of a member, or

(c)any contravention of section 92H (members' interests).

(4) In this section “ procedure ” includes quorum.

92H Members' interestsE+W

(1)A member of the Regulation Committee who is directly or indirectly interested in any matter arising at a meeting of the Committee must disclose the nature of that interest to the meeting.

(2)A member of a sub-committee of the Committee who is directly or indirectly interested in any matter arising at a meeting of the sub-committee must disclose the nature of that interest to the meeting.

(3)In a case within subsection (1) or (2)—

(a)the member must not take part in any deliberation or decision about the matter if it is a contract or agreement of any description, but

(b)may otherwise take part in any deliberation or decision about the matter unless at least one-third of the other members at the meeting decide that the interests disclosed might prejudicially affect the member's consideration of the matter.

92I Exercise of functionsE+W

(1)The Regulation Committee may delegate any of the functions of the regulator to—

(a)any of its members,

(b)any of its sub-committees, or

(c)any member of staff of the HCA.

(2)A sub-committee of the Committee may delegate any function conferred on it to any member of staff of the HCA.

(3)A power of the HCA that is a function of the regulator—

(a)may be exercised separately or together with, or as part of, another such power;

(b)does not limit the scope of another such power.

92J Recommendations to HCAE+W

(1)The Regulation Committee may make recommendations to the HCA about the exercise of the HCA's functions.

(2)The HCA must publish, in such manner as it thinks fit—

(a)a recommendation received from the Regulation Committee under this section, and

(b)the HCA's response to it.

(3)In this section the reference to the HCA's functions does not include the functions of the regulator.]

[F27Fundamental objectivesE+W

92K Fundamental objectivesE+W

(1)The regulator must perform its functions with a view to achieving (so far as is possible)—

(a)the economic regulation objective, and

(b)the consumer regulation objective.

(2)The economic regulation objective is—

(a)to ensure that registered providers of social housing are financially viable and properly managed, and perform their functions efficiently and economically,

(b)to support the provision of social housing sufficient to meet reasonable demands (including by encouraging and promoting private investment in social housing),

(c)to ensure that value for money is obtained from public investment in social housing,

(d)to ensure that an unreasonable burden is not imposed (directly or indirectly) on public funds, and

(e)to guard against the misuse of public funds.

(3)The consumer regulation objective is—

(a)to support the provision of social housing that is well-managed and of appropriate quality,

(b)to ensure that actual or potential tenants of social housing have an appropriate degree of choice and protection,

(c)to ensure that tenants of social housing have the opportunity to be involved in its management and to hold their landlords to account, and

(d)to encourage registered providers of social housing to contribute to the environmental, social and economic well-being of the areas in which the housing is situated.

(4)The objectives are referred to in this Part as the regulator's fundamental objectives.

(5)The regulator must exercise its functions in a way that—

(a)minimises interference, and

(b)(so far as is possible) is proportionate, consistent, transparent and accountable.]

PowersE+W

93GeneralE+W

(1)The regulator may do anything it thinks necessary or expedient for the purpose of or in connection with the performance of a function [F28of the regulator].

(2)In particular, the regulator may do anything it thinks appropriate for advancing its fundamental objectives.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F28Words in s. 93(1) substituted (1.4.2012) by Localism Act 2011 (c. 20), s. 240(2), Sch. 16 para. 27; S.I. 2012/628, art. 6(i) (with arts. 9 11 14 15 17)

Commencement Information

I35S. 93 in force at 8.9.2008 for specified purposes by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

I36S. 93 in force at 1.4.2009 by S.I. 2009/803, art. 7(a)

94StudiesE+W

(1)The regulator may carry out or commission studies designed to improve the economy, effectiveness and efficiency of registered providers.

(2)The regulator may publish a report on a study.

[F29(3)Nothing in subsection (1) permits the regulator, in relation to local authorities, to carry out or commission studies about the performance of housing functions other than their functions as a provider of social housing.]

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I37S. 94 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

95Financial assistanceE+W

(1)The regulator may, where it thinks it advances a fundamental objective, give financial assistance to a person in connection with—

(a)undertaking research,

(b)preparing guidance,

(c)developing and publicising best practice, or

(d)facilitating the management of social housing by tenants.

(2)Financial assistance under subsection (1) may be given—

(a)by way of grant,

(b)by way of loan,

(c)by defraying expenditure on behalf of a person, or

(d)in any other way except purchasing loan or share capital of a body corporate or giving a guarantee or indemnity.

(3)The regulator may, where it thinks it advances a fundamental objective, give financial assistance to [F30a private registered provider] by—

(a)lending money to or in respect of the registered provider, or

(b)giving a guarantee or indemnity in respect of the registered provider.

(4)Financial assistance may be given under subsection (3) only with the consent of the Secretary of State (given with the approval of the Treasury).

(5)Financial assistance under subsection (1) or (3) may be given on conditions (which may include provision for repayment, with or without interest).

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I38S. 95(1)(2)(5) in force at 8.9.2008 for specified purposes by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

I39S. 95(1)(2)(5) in force at 1.4.2010 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

I40S. 95(3)(4) in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

96EvidenceE+W

In considering whether to exercise a power under this Part the regulator may have regard to information or opinions from any source including, in particular, from—

(a)tenants,

(b)bodies representing tenants,

(c)local housing authorities, or

(d)[F31the Commission for Local Administration in England or] an ombudsman appointed by virtue of section 124.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I41S. 96 in force at 8.9.2008 for specified purposes by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

I42S. 96 in force at 1.4.2010 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

97Information, advice etc.E+W

(1)The regulator may for the purpose of advancing its fundamental objectives—

(a)publish ideas or information;

(b)undertake research in relation to social housing;

(c)provide guidance, advice, education or training.

(2)The regulator may for that purpose—

(a)arrange for another person to do anything within subsection (1)(a) to (c);

(b)act jointly with, cooperate with or assist another person doing anything within subsection (1)(a) to (c).

(3)The persons to whom advice may be given under subsection (1) include—

(a)unregistered housing associations (as defined by section 2B of the Housing Associations Act 1985 (c. 69)), and

(b)persons who may be forming a housing association (within the meaning of section 1(1) of that Act).

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I43S. 97 in force at 8.9.2008 for specified purposes by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

I44S. 97 in force at 1.4.2010 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

98Tenant involvementE+W

(1)The regulator shall—

(a)promote awareness of the regulator's functions among tenants of social housing,

(b)where the regulator thinks it appropriate, consult them about the exercise of its functions (for example, by holding meetings), and

(c)where the regulator thinks it appropriate, involve them in the exercise of its functions (for example, by appointing them to committees or sub-committees).

(2)The regulator shall from time to time publish a statement about how it proposes to comply with subsection (1).

(3)Before publishing a statement the regulator must consult such persons as it thinks appropriate.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I45S. 98 in force at 8.9.2008 for specified purposes by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

I46S. 98 in force at 1.4.2010 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

MoneyE+W

F3299RemunerationE+W

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100ChargingE+W

[F33(1)]The regulator may charge for giving advice, conducting research or providing other services.

[F34(2)The functions of billing for and receiving the payment of charges under this section are exercisable by the HCA rather than by the HCA acting through its Regulation Committee.]

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F33Words in s. 100 numbered as s. 100(1) (1.4.2012) by Localism Act 2011 (c. 20), s. 240(2), Sch. 16 para. 29(a); S.I. 2012/628, art. 6(i) (with arts. 9 11 14 15 17)

Commencement Information

I47S. 100 in force at 8.9.2008 by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

F35101Assistance by Secretary of StateE+W

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F36102BorrowingE+W

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Annotations:

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F37103AccountsE+W

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Annotations:

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F38104Financial yearE+W

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Annotations:

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Relationship with other bodiesE+W

F39105Cooperation with the HCAE+W

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Annotations:

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F40106Direction to the HCAE+W

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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[F41106ACooperation with the Audit CommissionE+W

(1)The regulator shall cooperate with the Audit Commission for Local Authorities and the National Health Service in England.

(2)In particular, the regulator shall consult the Audit Commission on matters concerning local authorities.]

InformationE+W

107CollectionE+W

(1)The regulator may for a purpose connected with its functions require a person to provide documents or information which it has reason to believe is or may be in the person's possession and which relates to—

(a)the financial or other affairs of a registered provider;

[F42(b)activities which are or may be carried out by—

(i)a person who is, or who has applied to become, a registered provider, or

(ii)a local authority in England which the regulator thinks may be, or may become, a provider of social housing.]

(2)A requirement may be imposed on a person other than the body to which the document or information relates only if—

(a)the body has been required to provide the document or information but has failed to do so, or

(b)the regulator thinks that the body is unable to provide it.

(3)A requirement may specify—

(a)the form and manner in which a document or information is to be provided (which may include the provision of a legible copy of information stored electronically);

(b)when and where it is to be provided.

(4)The regulator may copy or record documents or information provided.

(5)Failure to comply with a requirement without reasonable excuse is an offence.

(6)Intentionally altering, suppressing or destroying a document or information to which a requirement relates is an offence.

(7)If a person fails to comply with a requirement the High Court may, on an application by the regulator, make an order for the purpose of remedying the failure.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I48S. 107 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

108Section 107: supplementalE+W

(1)A requirement does not require a person to disclose anything which the person would be entitled to refuse to disclose on grounds of legal professional privilege in proceedings in the High Court.

(2)A requirement does not require a banker to breach a duty of confidentiality owed to a person who is not—

(a)the registered provider to whose affairs or activities the documents or information relates,

(b)a subsidiary of the registered provider, or

(c)an associate of the registered provider.

(3)A person guilty of an offence under section 107(5) is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

(4)A person guilty of an offence under section 107(6) is liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to—

(i)imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years,

(ii)a fine, or

(iii)both.

(5)Proceedings for an offence under section 107(5) or (6) may be brought only by or with the consent of—

(a)the regulator, or

(b)the Director of Public Prosecutions.

(6)An order under section 107(7) may include provision about costs.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I49S. 108 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

109DisclosureE+W

(1)A public authority may disclose information to the regulator if the authority thinks that the disclosure is necessary for a purpose connected with the regulator's functions.

(2)The regulator may disclose information to a public authority if the regulator thinks that the disclosure is necessary—

(a)for a purpose connected with the regulator's functions, or

(b)for a purpose connected with the authority's functions.

(3)The regulator may disclose information to a person acting on its behalf for a purpose connected with the regulator's functions.

(4)A disclosure may be subject to restrictions on further disclosure.

(5)The power to disclose information under this section is subject to any express restriction on disclosure imposed by another enactment (ignoring any restriction which allows disclosure if authorised by an enactment).

(6)Disclosure in contravention of a restriction under subsection (4) is an offence.

(7)A person guilty of an offence is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

(8)Public authority” means a person having functions of a public nature (whether or not in the United Kingdom).

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I50S. 109 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

Chapter 3E+WRegistration

IntroductionE+W

110OverviewE+W

This Chapter provides for the establishment of a register of providers of social housing.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I51S. 110 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

111The registerE+W

(1)The regulator shall maintain a register of providers of social housing.

(2)The regulator shall make the register available for inspection by the public.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I52S. 111 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

EligibilityE+W

112[F43Eligibility for voluntary registration]E+W

(1)An English body is eligible for registration if—

(a)it satisfies the following conditions, and

(b)it does not fall within the exceptions in section 113.

(2)Condition 1 is that the body—

(a)is a provider of social housing in England, or

(b)intends to become a provider of social housing in England.

(3)Condition 2 is that the body satisfies any relevant criteria set by the regulator as to—

(a)its financial situation,

(b)its constitution, and

(c)other arrangements for its management.

(4)Before setting criteria the regulator must consult—

F44(a). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

[F45(aa)the Greater London Authority,]

(b)one or more bodies appearing to it to represent the interests of [F46private registered providers],

[F47(ba)any body for the time being nominated under section 278A,]

and

(c)one or more [F48other] bodies appearing to it to represent the interests of tenants.

[F49(5)Section 114 deals with bodies falling within the exceptions in section 113.]

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I53S. 112(1)(2) in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

I54S. 112(3)(4) in force at 8.9.2008 for specified purposes by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1) (with art. 3(3)(4))

I55S. 112(3)(4) in force at 1.4.2010 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

113[F50Section 112: exceptions]E+W

(1)This section sets out the exceptions to section 112(1).

(2)Exception 1 is a local housing authority.

(3)Exception 2 is a county council.

F51(4). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F52(5). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F53(6). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

114Registration of local authoritiesE+W

(1)The Secretary of State may by order—

(a)repeal section 113, or

(b)amend it so as to permit the registration of specified classes of local authority.

(2)The Secretary of State may by order require the regulator to register—

(a)a specified local authority, or

(b)a specified class of local authority.

(3)Registration under subsection (2)—

(a)takes effect in accordance with any provision of the order about timing or other procedural or incidental matters,

(b)does not require an application for registration, and

(c)may apply to a local authority whether or not it is eligible for registration by virtue of subsection (1).

(4)If the Secretary of State thinks it necessary or desirable in connection with the registration of local authorities, the Secretary of State may by order—

(a)provide for a provision of this Part or any other enactment not to apply in relation to registered local authorities;

(b)provide for a provision of this Part or any other enactment to apply with specified modifications in relation to registered local authorities;

(c)amend a provision of this Part or any other enactment.

(5)In this section—

(a)local authority” means an authority or person to whom section 113 applies or has applied, and

(b)registered local authorities” means authorities or persons who are registered, registrable or to be registered as a result of an order under subsection (1) or (2) above.

(6)Before making an order under this section the Secretary of State shall consult—

(a)any authority or person likely to be affected by it, and

(b)such other persons as the Secretary of State thinks fit.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I57S. 114 in force at 8.9.2008 for specified purposes by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

I58S. 114 in force at 7.9.2009 for E. in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2009/2096, art. 2(1)

[F54114ALocal authorities: duty to notifyE+W

(1)A local authority in England which is not subject to compulsory registration must notify the regulator as soon as it becomes subject to compulsory registration.

(2)For these purposes, an authority is subject to compulsory registration if—

(a)it is a provider of social housing, or

(b)it intends to become a provider of social housing.]

115Profit-making and non-profit organisationsE+W

(1)Each entry in the register shall designate the body registered as either—

(a)a non-profit organisation, or

(b)a profit-making organisation.

(2)A body is a non-profit organisation if it is a registered or non-registrable charity.

(3)A body is also a non-profit organisation if it satisfies the following conditions.

(4)Condition 1 is that the body—

(a)does not trade for profit, or

(b)is prohibited by its constitution from issuing capital with interest or dividend at a rate exceeding that prescribed under section 1(1)(b) of the Housing Associations Act 1985 (c. 69).

(5)Condition 2 is that a purpose of the body is the provision or management of housing.

(6)Condition 3 is that any other purposes of the body are connected with or incidental to the provision of housing.

(7)The Secretary of State may make regulations providing that a specified purpose is to be, or not to be, treated as connected with or incidental to the provision of housing.

(8)A body which is not a non-profit organisation under subsection (2) or (3) is a profit-making organisation.

(9)If the regulator thinks that what was a profit-making organisation has become a non-profit organisation, the regulator must change the registered designation accordingly.

[F55(10)Subsection (1) does not apply to the entry of a local authority in the register (and, accordingly, references to “profit-making” and “non-profit” in connection with a registered provider do not refer to a local authority).]

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I59S. 115 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

ProcedureE+W

116[F56Entry in the register: voluntary registration]E+W

(1)The regulator shall register anyone who—

(a)is eligible for registration [F57under section 112(1)], and

(b)applies to be registered.

(2)The regulator may make provision about—

(a)the form of an application;

(b)the information to be contained in it or provided with it;

(c)the manner in which an application is to submitted;

(d)the consequences of failure to comply with provision under paragraphs (a) to (c).

(3)This section is subject to section 117 (fees).

(4)Once entered [F58in the register under this section] a body remains registered unless and until removed under section 118 or 119.

(5)It shall be presumed for all purposes that a person entered in the register [F59under this section] is eligible for registration while the registration lasts (irrespective of whether and why the person is later removed from the register).

[F60(6)This section deals with voluntary registration; for the registration of local housing authorities and county councils, see section 114.]

117 FeesE+W

[F61(1)The regulator may charge—

(a)a fee for initial registration, and

(b)an annual fee for continued registration.

(2)Except in the case of a local authority, the regulator may make initial or continued registration conditional upon payment of the fee.]

(3)The regulator shall—

(a)prescribe the amount of a fee, and

(b)make provision about the periods during which and in respect of which annual fees are payable.

(4)The regulator may set different fees, and make different provision, for different cases or circumstances.

(5)Fees must be set in accordance with principles which the regulator prepares and publishes and which are designed to ensure that so far as is reasonably practicable—

(a)fee income matches expenditure on the performance of [F62the regulator's] functions,

(b)each fee is reasonable and proportionate to the costs to which it relates, and

(c)actual or potential registered providers can see the relationship between the amount of a fee and the costs to which it relates.

(6)The principles—

(a)shall provide for section 95(3) to be disregarded for the purpose of subsection (5)(a), and

(b)may provide for specified expenditure or potential expenditure under section 95 or otherwise to be disregarded for the purpose of subsection (5)(a).

(7)Principles do not have effect until approved by the Secretary of State.

(8)In preparing (or revising) the principles the regulator shall consult persons appearing to the regulator to represent the interests of fee-payers.

(9)The [F63HCA's] accounts shall show—

(a)fees received, and

(b)fees outstanding.

[F64(10)The functions of billing for and receiving the payment of fees under this section are exercisable by the HCA rather than by the HCA acting through its Regulation Committee.]

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F62Words in s. 117(5)(a) inserted (1.4.2012) by Localism Act 2011 (c. 20), s. 240(2), Sch. 16 para. 37(2); S.I. 2012/628, art. 6(i) (with arts. 9 11 14 15 17)

F63Word in s. 117(9) substituted (1.4.2012) by Localism Act 2011 (c. 20), s. 240(2), Sch. 16 para. 37(3); S.I. 2012/628, art. 6(i) (with arts. 9 11 14 15 17)

Commencement Information

I62S. 117 in force at 8.9.2008 for specified purposes by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

I63S. 117 in force at 1.4.2010 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

118De-registration: compulsoryE+W

(1)The regulator may remove from the register a [F65private registered provider] which the regulator thinks—

(a)is no longer eligible for registration,

(b)has ceased to carry out activities, or

(c)has ceased to exist.

(2)Before removing a body under subsection (1)(a) or (b) the regulator must—

(a)take all reasonable steps to give the body at least 14 days' notice, and

(b)consider any representations it makes in that period.

(3)After removing a body under subsection (1)(a) or (b) the regulator must take all reasonable steps to notify the body.

[F66(4)The regulator shall remove a local authority from the register if the regulator becomes aware that the authority—

(a)is no longer a provider of social housing, or

(b)no longer intends to become a provider of social housing (in the case of an authority which intended to become one but did not in fact do so).]

119De-registration: voluntaryE+W

(1)A [F67private registered provider] may ask the regulator to remove it from the register.

(2)The regulator may comply with a request—

(a)on the grounds that the registered provider no longer is or intends to be a provider of social housing in England,

(b)on the grounds that the registered provider is subject to regulation by another authority whose control is likely to be sufficient, or

(c)on the grounds that the registered provider meets any relevant criteria for de-registration set by the regulator.

(3)Before deciding whether or not to comply, the regulator must consult such local authorities in whose area the registered provider acts as it thinks appropriate.

(4)The regulator shall not comply with a request by a non-profit registered provider if it thinks that removal is sought with a view to enabling the registered provider to distribute assets to members.

(5)In deciding whether or not to comply, the regulator must (in particular) have regard to—

(a)any conditions imposed in connection with disposal consents given to the registered provider under Chapter 5, and

(b)any conditions imposed in connection with financial assistance given to the registered provider under any enactment.

(6)Having decided whether or not to remove the registered provider the regulator must notify—

(a)the provider, and

(b)any authority consulted.

(7)The regulator shall publish criteria set for the purposes of subsection (2)(c).

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I65S. 119(1) s. 119(3)-(6) in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

I66S. 119(2)(7) in force at 8.9.2008 for specified purposes by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

I67S. 119(2)(7) in force at 1.4.2010 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

120NoticeE+W

(1)As soon as is reasonably practicable after registering or de-registering a body the regulator shall notify—

(a)in the case of a registered charity, the Charity Commission,

(b)in the case of [F5a registered society], the [F68Financial Conduct Authority], F69...

(c)in the case of a registered company (whether or not also a registered charity), the registrar of companies for England and Wales [F70, and

(d)in the case of a local authority, the Secretary of State.]

(2)[F71Except in the case of a local authority,] a notice of registration shall specify whether the person registered is designated as a non-profit or profit-making organisation.

(3)If the designation changes, the regulator shall notify any person notified of the registration.

(4)A person to whom notice is given under this section must keep a record of it.

121AppealE+W

(1)A body may appeal to the High Court against a decision of the regulator—

(a)to refuse to register it,

(b)to de-register it, or

(c)to refuse to de-register it.

(2)The regulator shall not de-register a body while an appeal is pending.

(3)The Secretary of State may by order provide for the First-tier Tribunal to have jurisdiction under this section instead of the High Court.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I69S. 121 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

Chapter 4E+WRegistered providers

General provisionsE+W

122Payments to members etc.E+W

(1)This section restricts the making of gifts, and the payment of dividends and bonuses, by a non-profit registered provider to—

(a)a member or former member of the registered provider,

(b)a member of the family of a member or former member,

(c)a company which has as a director a person within paragraph (a) or (b).

(2)A gift may be made, and a dividend or bonus may be paid, only if it falls within one of the following permitted classes.

(3)Class 1 is payments which—

(a)are in accordance with the constitution of the registered provider, and

(b)are due as interest on capital lent to the provider or subscribed in its shares.

(4)Class 2 is payments which—

(a)are paid by a fully mutual housing association (within the meaning of section 1(2) of the Housing Associations Act 1985 (c. 69)),

(b)are paid to former members of the association, and

(c)are due under—

(i)tenancy agreements with the association, or

(ii)agreements under which the former members became members of the association.

(5)Class 3 is payments which—

(a)are in accordance with the constitution of the registered provider making the payment (“the payer”), and

(b)are made to a registered provider which is a subsidiary or associate of the payer.

[F72(5A)Class 4 is payments which—

(a)are in accordance with the constitution of the registered provider,

(b)are paid for the benefit of tenants of the provider, and

(c)are in any particular case paid to assist the tenant to obtain other accommodation by acquiring a freehold, or long-leasehold, interest in a dwelling.

(5B)For the purposes of subsection (5A)—

(6)If a registered company or [F73registered society] contravenes this section—

(a)it may recover the wrongful gift or payment as a debt from the recipient, and

(b)the regulator may require it to take action to recover the gift or payment.

[F74(7)The Secretary of State may by order amend this section for the purpose of—

(a)adding to the permitted classes, or

(b)modifying or removing a permitted class added by order under this subsection.

(8)Before making an order under subsection (7), the Secretary of State must consult—

(a)the Charity Commission,

(b)the regulator, and

(c)one or more bodies appearing to the Secretary of State to represent the interests of registered providers.]

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F72S. 122(5A)(5B) inserted (15.1.2012) by Localism Act 2011 (c. 20), ss. 177, 240(1)(j)

Commencement Information

I70S. 122 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

123Disposal of propertyE+W

Chapter 5 makes provision about disposal of property [F75by private registered providers].

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I71S. 123 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

124ComplaintsE+W

(1)In section 51 of, and Schedule 2 to, the Housing Act 1996 (c. 52) (schemes for investigation of complaints by housing ombudsmen) for “Relevant Authority”, wherever appearing, substitute “ Regulator of Social Housing ”.

(2)In section 51 of that Act—

(a)for subsection (2)(a) substitute—

(a)a registered provider of social housing,,

(b)in subsection (2)(d) after “registered with” insert “ the Regulator of Social Housing or ”, and

(c)at the end add—

(7)Section 52 shall apply to an order under subsection (4) (with any necessary modifications).

(3)In paragraph 6(2) of Schedule 2 to that Act (grants) for “Housing Corporation”, in both places, substitute “ Regulator of Social Housing ”.

(4)In paragraph 11(4) of Schedule 2 to that Act, omit—

(a)“or the Housing Corporation”, and

(b)“or, as the case may be, the Housing Corporation”.

(5)At the end of Schedule 2 to that Act add—

General provision about orders

12Section 52 shall apply to an order of the Secretary of State under this Schedule (with any necessary modifications).

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I72S. 124 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

125Voluntary undertakingE+W

(1)A registered provider may give the regulator an undertaking in respect of any matter concerning social housing.

(2)The regulator may prescribe a procedure to be followed in giving an undertaking.

(3)In exercising a power under Chapter 6 or 7 the regulator must have regard to any undertaking offered or given.

(4)The regulator may found a decision about whether to exercise a power under Chapter 6 or 7 wholly or partly on the extent to which an undertaking has been honoured.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I73S. 125 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

126Sustainable community strategiesE+W

If invited by a local authority to participate in the preparation or modification of a sustainable community strategy under section 4 of the Local Government Act 2000 (c. 22), a [F76private registered provider] must co-operate with the local authority.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I74S. 126 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

AccountsE+W

127DirectionsE+W

(1)The regulator may give directions to [F77private registered providers] about the preparation of their accounts.

(2)A direction may be given to a profit-making registered provider only in so far as its accounts relate to social housing activities.

(3)The power must be exercised with a view to ensuring that accounts—

(a)are prepared in proper form, and

(b)present a true and fair view of—

(i)the state of affairs of each registered provider in relation to its social housing activities, and

(ii)the disposition of funds and assets which are, or have been, in its hands in connection with those activities.

(4)A direction may require a registered charity to use a specified method for distinguishing in its accounts between—

(a)matters relating to its social housing activities, and

(b)other matters.

(5)A direction—

(a)may make provision that applies generally or only to specified cases, circumstances or registered providers, and

(b)may make different provision for different cases, circumstances or registered providers.

(6)A direction that relates to more than one registered provider may be given only after consulting one or more bodies appearing to the regulator to represent the interests of [F78private registered providers].

(7)The regulator shall make arrangements for bringing a direction to the attention of every registered provider to which it applies.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I75S. 127(1)-(5) (7) in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

I76S. 127(6) in force at 8.9.2008 for specified purposes by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1) (with art. 3(3)(4))

I77S. 127(6) in force at 1.4.2010 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

128Submission to regulatorE+W

(1)Each [F79private registered provider] shall send a copy of its accounts to the regulator within the period of 6 months beginning with the end of the period to which the accounts relate.

(2)The accounts must be accompanied by—

(a)an auditor's report, or

(b)in the case of accounts that by virtue of an enactment are not subject to audit, any report that is required to be prepared in respect of the accounts by virtue of an enactment.

(3)The report must specify whether the accounts comply with any relevant directions under section 127.

[F80(4)Each local authority which is a registered provider shall send copies of the following documents to the regulator so far as they relate to the provision of social housing—

(a)any immediate report made under section 8 of the Audit Commission Act 1998 (immediate and other reports in public interest) in relation to its accounts;

(b)its audited accounts, accompanied by any report made under that section at the conclusion of the audit.

(5)The local authority shall send the copies to the regulator as soon as the authority receives them.]

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I78S. 128 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

129Companies exempt from auditE+W

(1)This section applies in relation to a registered provider which—

(a)is a registered company other than a charity, and

(b)is exempt from the audit requirements of the Companies Act 2006 (c. 46) by virtue of section 477 of that Act (small companies' exemption).

(2)The directors of the company shall cause a report to be prepared in accordance with section 130 and made to the company's members in respect of the company's individual accounts for any year in which the company takes advantage of its exemption from audit.

(3)Individual accounts” has the same meaning as in section 396 of the Companies Act 2006.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I79S. 129 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

130Exempt companies: accountant's reportE+W

(1)The report required by section 129 must be prepared by a person (“the reporting accountant”) who is eligible under section 131.

(2)The report must state whether the individual accounts are in accordance with the company's accounting records kept under section 386 of the Companies Act 2006.

(3)On the basis of the information contained in the accounting records the report must also state whether—

(a)the accounts comply with Part 15 of the Companies Act 2006;

(b)the company is entitled to exemption from audit under section 477 of that Act (small companies' exemption) for the year in question.

(4)The report must give the name of the reporting accountant and be signed and dated.

(5)The report must be signed—

(a)where the reporting accountant is an individual, by that individual, and

(b)where the reporting accountant is a firm, for and on behalf of the firm by an individual authorised to do so.

(6)In this section and sections 131 and 132 “firm” has the meaning given by section 1173(1) of the Companies Act 2006.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I80S. 130 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

131Exempt companies: reporting accountantE+W

(1)A person is eligible for appointment by a company as a reporting accountant under section 130 if—

(a)either of the following conditions is satisfied, and

(b)the person would not be prohibited from acting as auditor of the company by virtue of section 1214 of the Companies Act 2006 (c. 46).

(2)Condition 1 is satisfied if the person is a member of a body listed in subsection (4) and under its rules—

(a)the person is entitled to engage in public practice, and

(b)is not ineligible for appointment as a reporting accountant.

(3)Condition 2 is satisfied if the person—

(a)is subject to the rules of a body listed in subsection (4) in seeking appointment or acting as a statutory auditor under Part 42 of the Companies Act 2006, and

(b)under those rules, is eligible for appointment as a statutory auditor under that Part.

(4)The bodies mentioned in subsections (2) and (3) are—

(a)the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales,

(b)the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland,

(c)the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland,

(d)the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants,

(e)the Association of Authorised Public Accountants,

(f)the Association of Accounting Technicians,

(g)the Association of International Accountants,

(h)the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and

(i)the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

(5)The Secretary of State may by order amend the list of bodies in subsection (4).

(6)References in this section to the rules of a body are to rules (whether or not laid down by the body itself) which the body has power to enforce and which are relevant for the purposes of Part 42 of the Companies Act 2006 (statutory auditors) or this section; and this includes rules relating to the admission and expulsion of members of the body so far as relevant for the purposes of that Part or this section.

(7)An individual or a firm may be appointed as a reporting accountant; and section 1216 of the Companies Act 2006 applies to the appointment of a partnership constituted under the law of—

(a)England and Wales,

(b)Northern Ireland, or

(c)any other country or territory in which a partnership is not a legal person.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I81S. 131(1)-(4) (6) (7) in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

I82S. 131(5) in force at 8.9.2008 by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

132Application of Companies ActE+W

(1)The provisions of the Companies Act 2006 listed in subsection (2) apply to the reporting accountant and a reporting accountant's report as they apply to an auditor of the company and an auditor's report on the company's accounts (with any necessary modifications).

(2)The provisions are—

(a)sections 423 to 425 (duty to circulate copies of annual accounts),

(b)sections 431 and 432 (right of member or debenture holder to demand copies of accounts),

(c)sections 434 to 436 (requirements in connection with publication of accounts),

(d)sections 441 to 444A (duty to file accounts with registrar of companies),

(e)section 454(4)(b) and regulations made under that provision (functions of auditor in relation to revised accounts),

(f)sections 499 to 502 (auditor's right to information), and

(g)sections 505 and 506 (name of auditor to be stated in published copies of report).

(3)In sections 505 and 506 as they apply by virtue of this section in a case where the reporting accountant is a firm, any reference to the senior statutory auditor shall be read as a reference to the person who signed the report on behalf of the firm.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I83S. 132 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

133Exempt companies: extraordinary auditE+W

(1)This section applies where, in accordance with section 129, a company appoints a reporting accountant to prepare a report in respect of its accounts for any year.

(2)The regulator may require the company to—

(a)cause a qualified auditor to audit its accounts and balance sheet for that year, and

(b)send a copy of the report to the regulator by a specified date.

(3)A requirement may not be imposed before the end of the financial year to which it relates.

(4)Qualified auditor”, in relation to a company, means a person who—

(a)is eligible for appointment as a statutory auditor of the company under Part 42 of the Companies Act 2006 (c. 46) (statutory auditors), and

(b)is not prohibited from acting as statutory auditor of the company by virtue of section 1214 of that Act (independence requirement).

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I84S. 133 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

134Non-audited [F73registered society]E+W

(1)This section applies to a registered provider which is [F5a registered society].

[F81(2) Section 85 of the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 (“ the 2014 Act ”) (duty to obtain accountant's report) applies to the society as if subsection (1)(b) were omitted (accountant's report required only where turnover exceeds specified sum). ]

(3)The regulator may require the society to—

(a)appoint a qualified auditor to audit the society's accounts and balance sheet for any year of account in respect of which [F82section 83 of the 2014 Act (duty to appoint auditors) did not apply because of a resolution under section 84 of that Act (power to disapply auditing requirements),]

(b)send a copy of the auditor's report to the regulator by a specified date.

(4)A requirement under subsection (3) may be imposed only during the year of account following the year to which the accounts relate.

[F83(5)Qualified auditor” and “year of account” have the same meaning as in Part 7 of the 2014 Act (for “year of account” see sections 77 and 78 of that Act).]

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I85S. 134 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

135CharityE+W

(1)This section applies to a non-profit registered provider which is a registered charity.

(2)The charity shall—

(a)keep proper accounting records of its transactions and its assets and liabilities in relation to its housing activities, and

(b)maintain a satisfactory system of control of those records, its cash holdings and its receipts and remittances in relation to those activities.

(3)For each period of account the charity shall prepare—

(a)a revenue account giving a true and fair view of the charity's income and expenditure during the period, so far as relating to its housing activities, and

(b)a balance sheet giving a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the charity as at the end of the period.

(4)The revenue account and balance sheet must be signed by at least two directors or trustees.

(5)Period of account” means—

(a)a period of 12 months, or

(b)such other period not less than 6 months nor more than 18 as the charity may, with the consent of the regulator, determine.

(6)This section does not affect any obligation under [F84Part 8 of the Charities Act 2011].

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F84Words in s. 135(6) substituted (14.3.2012) by Charities Act 2011 (c. 25), s. 355, Sch. 7 para. 131 (with s. 20(2), Sch. 8)

Commencement Information

I86S. 135 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

136Charity: auditE+W

(1)This section applies in relation to the accounts of a charity under section 135(3).

(2)If Condition 1 or 2 is met, the charity shall cause a qualified person to audit the accounts and report on them in accordance with section 137.

(3)If neither Condition is met, the charity shall cause a qualified person (“the reporting accountant”) to report on the accounts in accordance with section 138.

(4)Condition 1 is met if the accounts relate to a period during which the charity's gross income arising in connection with its housing activities was greater than the sum specified in [F85section 144(1)(a) of the Charities Act 2011].

(5)Condition 2 is met if—

(a)the accounts relate to a period during which the charity's gross income arising in connection with its housing activities was greater than the accounts threshold as defined by [F86section 144(1) of the Charities Act 2011,] and

(b)at the end of the period the aggregate value of its assets (before deduction of liabilities) in respect of its housing activities was greater than the sum specified in [F87section 144(1)(b)].

(6)Gross income” has the same meaning as in [F88section 144 of the Charities Act 2011].

(7)Qualified person” means a person professionally qualified as an accountant.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F85Words in s. 136(4) substituted (14.3.2012) by Charities Act 2011 (c. 25), s. 355, Sch. 7 para. 132(a) (with s. 20(2), Sch. 8)

F86Words in s. 136(5)(a) substituted (14.3.2012) by Charities Act 2011 (c. 25), s. 355, Sch. 7 para. 132(b) (with s. 20(2), Sch. 8)

F87Words in s. 136(5)(b) substituted (14.3.2012) by Charities Act 2011 (c. 25), s. 355, Sch. 7 para. 132(c) (with s. 20(2), Sch. 8)

F88Words in s. 136(6) substituted (14.3.2012) by Charities Act 2011 (c. 25), s. 355, Sch. 7 para. 132(d) (with s. 20(2), Sch. 8)

Commencement Information

I87S. 136 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

137Charity: auditor's reportE+W

(1)An auditor appointed for the purposes of section 136(2) or 139(2) in respect of a charity's accounts shall make a report to the charity in accordance with this section.

(2)The report must state—

(a)whether the revenue account gives a true and fair view of the charity's income and expenditure, so far as relating to its housing activities, and

(b)whether the balance sheet gives a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the charity as at the end of the period to which the accounts relate.

(3)The report must give the name of the auditor and be signed.

(4)The auditor shall, in preparing the report, carry out such investigations as are necessary to form an opinion as to—

(a)whether the charity has complied with section 135(2) during the period to which the accounts relate, and

(b)whether the accounts are in accordance with accounting records kept under section 135(2)(a).

(5)If the auditor thinks that the charity has not complied section 135(2) or that the accounts are not in accordance with its accounting records, that must be stated in the report.

(6)If the auditor fails to obtain all the information and explanations which the auditor thinks necessary for the purposes of the audit, that must be stated in the report.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I88S. 137 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

138Charity: accountant's reportE+W

(1)A reporting accountant appointed for the purposes of section 136(3) in respect of a charity's accounts shall make a report to the charity in accordance with this section.

(2)The report must state whether the accounts are in accordance with accounting records kept under section 135(2)(a).

(3)On the basis of the information in the accounting records the report must also state whether—

(a)the accounts comply with the requirements of [F89the Charities Act 2011];

(b)section 136(3) applied in respect of the accounts.

(4)The report must give the name of the reporting accountant and be signed.

(5)If the reporting accountant fails to obtain all the information and explanations which the reporting accountant thinks necessary for the purposes of preparing the report, that must be stated in the report.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F89Words in s. 138(3)(a) substituted (14.3.2012) by Charities Act 2011 (c. 25), s. 355, Sch. 7 para. 133 (with s. 20(2), Sch. 8)

Commencement Information

I89S. 138 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

139Charity: extraordinary auditE+W

(1)This section applies where, in accordance with section 136(3), a charity appoints a reporting accountant to prepare a report in respect of any accounts.

(2)The regulator may require the charity to—

(a)cause a qualified person to audit the accounts and prepare a report on them in accordance with section 137, and

(b)send a copy of the report to the regulator by a specified date.

(3)A requirement under subsection (2) may be imposed only during the period of account following the period to which the accounts relate.

(4)In this section—

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I90S. 139 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

140Charity: auditor's powersE+W

(1)This section applies to a person who is appointed by a charity for the purposes of section 136(2) or (3) or 139(2).

(2)The charity must grant the person access to its documents, if or in so far as they relate to its housing activities.

(3)An officer of the charity must provide such information or explanations as the person thinks necessary.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I91S. 140 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

141OffencesE+W

(1)A [F90private registered provider] commits an offence if it fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with—

(a)a direction under section 127,

(b)a provision listed in subsection (2), or

(c)a requirement imposed under a provision listed in subsection (3).

(2)The provisions referred to in subsection (1)(b) are—

(a)section 128;

(b)section 129;

(c)section 135;

(d)section 136.

(3)The provisions referred to in subsection (1)(c) are—

(a)section 133;

(b)section 134;

(c)section 139.

(4)If a [F90private registered provider] fails to comply with a direction, provision or requirement mentioned in subsection (1) every officer of the [F90private registered provider] is guilty of an offence.

(5)It is a defence for an officer to show that the officer did everything that could reasonably have been expected to ensure compliance by the [F90private registered provider].

(6)A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

(7)Proceedings for an offence may be brought only by or with the consent of—

(a)the regulator, or

(b)the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I92S. 141 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

142High CourtE+W

(1)If a [F91private registered provider] fails to comply with a direction, provision or requirement mentioned in section 141(1), the High Court may on the application of the regulator make an order for the purpose of remedying the failure.

(2)An order may include provision about costs.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I93S. 142 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

143DisclosureE+W

(1)This section applies to information that a person has received while acting—

(a)as auditor of a [F92private registered provider], or

(b)as a reporting accountant in relation to a [F93private registered provider].

(2)The person may disclose the information to the regulator for a purpose connected with the regulator's functions—

(a)despite any duty of confidentiality, and

(b)whether or not the regulator requests the information.

(3)The reference to disclosing information includes expressing an opinion on it.

(4)Reporting accountant” means a person who is appointed to prepare a report which, by virtue of any enactment, has to be prepared in respect of accounts that are not subject to audit.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I94S. 143 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

Insolvency etc.E+W

[F94143AApplication of rules about insolvencyE+W

This group of sections does not apply to local authorities.]

144Preparatory steps: noticeE+W

A step specified in the Table has effect only if the person specified has given the regulator notice.

StepPerson to give notice
Any step, of a kind prescribed for the purposes of this section by the Secretary of State by order, to enforce a security over land held by a [F95private registered provider]The person taking the step

Presenting a petition for the winding up of a registered provider which is—

(a)

a registered company, or

(b)

[F5a registered society]

But not the presenting of a petition by the regulator under section 166

The petitioner

Passing a resolution for the winding up of a registered provider which is—

(a)

a registered company, or

(b)

[F5a registered society]

But not the passing of a resolution for winding-up where the regulator's consent is required under section 162 or 164

The registered provider
Making an administration application in accordance with paragraph 12 of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986 in respect of a registered provider which is a registered companyThe applicant
Appointing an administrator under paragraph 14 or 22 of that Schedule in respect of a registered provider which is a registered companyThe person making the appointment
Filing with the court a copy of a notice of intention to appoint a person under either of those paragraphs in respect of a registered provider which is a registered companyThe person filing the notice
Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I95S. 144 in force at 1.4.2009 for specified purposes by S.I. 2009/803, art. 7(b)

I96S. 144 in force at 1.4.2010 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

145MoratoriumE+W

(1)If a step specified in the Table below is taken in respect of a [F96private registered provider], a moratorium on the disposal of land by the provider begins.

(2)Where a step specified in the Table is taken in respect of a [F97private registered provider], the person specified must give the regulator notice as soon as is reasonably practicable.

(3)If the notice is not given the step is not invalidated (but the end of the moratorium depends on the notice being given — see section 146(2)).

F98(4). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

[F99(5)Where the private registered provider owns land in Greater London, the regulator shall give the Greater London Authority a copy of any notice received under this section.]

StepPerson
Any step, of a kind prescribed for the purposes of this section by the Secretary of State by order, to enforce a security over land held by a [F100private registered provider]The person taking the step

The presenting of a petition for winding up a registered provider which is—

(a)

a registered company, or

(b)

[F5a registered society]

But not the presenting of a petition by the directors or other governing body of the registered provider or by the regulator under section 166

The petitioner

The passing of a resolution for the winding up of a registered provider which is—

(a)

a registered company, or

(b)

[F5a registered society]

The registered provider

A decision by the directors or other governing body of a registered provider to present a petition for winding up where the registered provider is—

(a)

a registered company, or

(b)

[F5a registered society]

The directors or governing body
The making of an administration order in accordance with paragraph 13 of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986 in respect of a registered provider which is a registered companyThe person who applied for the order
The appointment of an administrator under paragraph 14 or 22 of that Schedule in respect of a registered provider which is a registered companyThe person making the appointment
Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I97S. 145(1)-(3) in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

I98S. 145(4) in force at 1.4.2009 for specified purposes by S.I. 2009/803, art. 7(b)

I99S. 145(4) in force at 1.4.2010 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

146Duration of moratoriumE+W

(1)The moratorium begins when the step specified in section 145 is taken.

(2)The moratorium ends (unless extended or cancelled) with the period of 28 working days beginning with the day on which the regulator receives notice under section 145(2).

(3)During a moratorium the regulator may extend it (or further extend it) for a specified period, with the consent of each secured creditor of the registered provider whom the regulator is able to locate after making reasonable enquiries.

(4)If the regulator extends a moratorium it shall notify—

(a)the registered provider, [F101and]

(b)any liquidator, administrator, administrative receiver or receiver appointed in respect of the registered provider or its land, F102...

F103(c). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

[F104(4A)If the regulator extends a moratorium in respect of a private registered provider who owns land in Greater London, the regulator shall also notify the Greater London Authority.]

(5)During a moratorium the regulator may cancel it if satisfied that it is unnecessary to make proposals under section 152.

(6)Before cancelling a moratorium the regulator must consult the person who took the step that triggered it.

(7)When a moratorium ends the regulator shall give notice, and (except in the case of cancellation) an explanation of section 147, to—

(a)the registered provider, and

(b)such of its secured creditors as the regulator is able to locate after making reasonable enquiries.

F105(8). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

[F106(8A)When a moratorium in respect of a private registered provider who owns land in Greater London ends, the regulator shall also give notice to the Greater London Authority.]

(9)Taking a further step during a moratorium does not—

(a)start a new moratorium, or

(b)alter the existing moratorium's duration.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F102Word in s. 146(4)(b) repealed (1.4.2012) by Localism Act 2011 (c. 20), s. 240(2), Sch. 25 Pt. 26; S.I. 2012/628, art. 6(j) (with arts. 9 11 14 15 17)

Commencement Information

I100S. 146 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

147Further moratoriumE+W

(1)This section applies if—

(a)a moratorium in respect of a [F107private registered provider] ends otherwise than by cancellation, and

(b)a further step specified in section 145 is taken in relation to the provider within the period of 3 years beginning with the end of the moratorium.

(2)The further step does not automatically trigger a further moratorium.

(3)But the regulator may impose a further moratorium for a specified period, if each secured creditor of the registered provider whom the regulator is able to locate after making reasonable enquiries consents.

(4)If the regulator imposes a new moratorium it shall notify—

(a)the registered provider,[F108and]

(b)any liquidator, administrator, administrative receiver or receiver appointed in respect of the registered provider or any of its land, F109...

F110(c). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

[F111(4A)If the regulator imposes a new moratorium in respect of a private registered provider who owns land in Greater London, the regulator shall also notify the Greater London Authority.]

(5)This group of sections applies to a further moratorium as to a first moratorium (except for section 146(2)).

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F108Word in s. 147(4)(a) inserted (1.4.2012) by Localism Act 2011 (c. 20), s. 240(2), Sch. 16 para. 40(a); S.I. 2012/628, art. 6(i) (with arts. 9 11 14 15 17)

F109Word in s. 147(4)(b) repealed (1.4.2012) by Localism Act 2011 (c. 20), s. 240(2), Sch. 25 Pt. 26; S.I. 2012/628, art. 6(j) (with arts. 9 11 14 15 17)

Commencement Information

I101S. 147 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

148Effect of moratoriumE+W

(1)During a moratorium [F112neither] the HCA [F113, nor the Greater London Authority, may]

(a)F114... give the registered provider a direction under section 32(4), [F115or]

(b)F116... take steps to enforce such a direction against the registered provider.

(2)During a moratorium a disposal of the registered provider's land requires the regulator's prior consent.

(3)Section 149 sets out exceptions to subsection (2).

(4)Consent—

(a)may be given before the moratorium begins, and

(b)may be subject to conditions.

(5)This section does not prevent a liquidator from disclaiming land as onerous property during a moratorium.

(6)In this section “land” includes a present or future interest in rent or other receipts arising from land.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F115Word in s. 148(1) substituted (1.4.2012) by Localism Act 2011 (c. 20), s. 240(2), Sch. 19 para. 52(d); S.I. 2012/628, art. 6(i) (with arts. 9 11 14 15 17)

Commencement Information

I102S. 148 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

149Exempted disposalsE+W

(1)The regulator's consent is not required under section 148 for the following exceptions.

(2)Exception 1 is a letting under—

(a)an assured tenancy, or

(b)an assured agricultural occupancy.

(3)Exception 2 is a letting under what would be an assured tenancy or an assured agricultural occupancy but for any of paragraphs 4 to 8, 12(1)(h) and 12ZA to 12B of Schedule 1 to the Housing Act 1988 (c. 50) (tenancies which cannot be assured tenancies).

(4)Exception 3 is a letting under a secure tenancy.

(5)Exception 4 is a letting under what would be a secure tenancy but for any of paragraphs 2 to 12 of Schedule 1 to the Housing Act 1985 (c. 68) (tenancies which are not secure tenancies).

(6)Exception 5 is a disposal for which consent is required under—

(a)section 81 or 133 of the Housing Act 1988 (c. 50), or

(b)section 173 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (c. 42).

(7)Exception 6 is a disposal under Part V of the Housing Act 1985 (right to buy).

(8)Exception 7 is a disposal under the right conferred by—

(a)section 180, or

(b)section 16 of the Housing Act 1996 (c. 52) (tenant's right to acquire social housing in Wales).

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I103S. 149 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

150Disposals without consentE+W

(1)A purported disposal by a registered provider is void if—

(a)it requires the regulator's consent under section 148, and

(b)the regulator has not given consent.

(2)But subsection (1) does not apply to a disposal by a non-profit registered provider to one or more individuals (“the buyer”) if—

(a)the disposal is of a single dwelling, and

(b)the registered provider reasonably believes at the time of the disposal that the buyer intends to use the property as the buyer's principal residence.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I104S. 150 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

151Interim managerE+W

(1)During a moratorium the regulator may appoint an interim manager of the registered provider.

(2)An appointment may relate to the registered provider's affairs generally or to affairs specified in the appointment.

(3)Appointment shall be on terms and conditions (including as to remuneration) specified in, or determined in accordance with, the appointment.

(4)An appointment under this section shall come to an end with the earliest of the following—

(a)the end of the moratorium,

(b)the agreement of proposals under section 152, or

(c)a date specified in the appointment.

(5)An interim manager shall have—

(a)any power specified in the appointment, and

(b)any other power in relation to the registered provider's affairs required by the manager for the purposes specified in the appointment (including the power to enter into agreements and take other action on behalf of the registered provider).

(6)But an interim manager may not—

(a)dispose of land, or

(b)grant security over land.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I105S. 151 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

152ProposalsE+W

(1)During a moratorium the regulator may make proposals about the future ownership and management of the registered provider's land, with a view to ensuring that the property will be properly managed by a registered provider.

(2)In making proposals the regulator shall—

(a)have regard to the interests of the registered provider's creditors as a whole, and

(b)so far as is reasonably practicable avoid worsening the position of unsecured creditors.

(3)Proposals may provide for the appointment of a manager in accordance with section 155 to implement all or part of the proposals.

(4)Proposals may not include anything which would result in—

(a)a preferential debt being paid otherwise than in priority to a non-preferential debt, F117...

[F118(aa)an ordinary preferential debt being paid otherwise than in priority to a secondary preferential debt,]

(b)a preferential creditor (PC1) being paid a smaller proportion of [F119an ordinary preferential debt] than another preferential creditor (PC2) (unless PC1 consents) [F120or

(c)a preferential creditor (PC1) being paid a smaller proportion of a secondary preferential debt than another preferential creditor (PC2) (unless PC2 consents).]

(5)Proposals relating to a registered provider which is a charity (C1)—

(a)may not require it to act outside the terms of its trusts, and

(b)may provide for the disposal of accommodation only to another charity whose objects the regulator thinks are similar to those of C1.

153Proposals: procedureE+W

(1)Before making proposals the regulator shall consult—

(a)the registered provider,

(b)its tenants (so far as is reasonably practicable),

(c)if the registered provider is [F5a registered society], the [F121Financial Conduct Authority], and

(d)if the registered provider is a registered charity, the Charity Commission.

(2)The regulator shall send a copy of proposals to—

(a)the registered provider and its officers,

(b)such of its secured creditors as the regulator is able to locate after making reasonable enquiries, and

(c)any liquidator, administrator, administrative receiver or receiver appointed in respect of the registered provider or any of its land.

(3)The regulator shall also make arrangements for bringing proposals to the attention of—

(a)the registered provider's members,

(b)its tenants, and

(c)its unsecured creditors.

(4)If each secured creditor to whom proposals were sent agrees to the proposals by notice to the regulator, the proposals have effect.

(5)Proposals may be agreed with modifications if—

(a)each secured creditor to whom the proposals were sent consents by notice to the regulator, and

(b)the regulator consents.

(6)The regulator shall send a copy of agreed proposals to—

(a)the registered provider and its officers,

(b)its secured creditors to whom the original proposals were sent,

(c)any liquidator, administrator, administrative receiver or receiver appointed in respect of the registered provider or any of its land,

(d)if the registered provider is [F5a registered society], the [F122Financial Conduct Authority], and

(e)if the registered provider is a registered charity, the Charity Commission.

(7)The regulator shall also make arrangements for bringing agreed proposals to the attention of—

(a)the registered provider's members,

(b)its tenants, and

(c)its unsecured creditors.

(8)Proposals may be amended by agreement between the secured creditors to whom the original proposals were sent and the regulator; and this section and section 152 apply to an amendment as to the original proposals.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I107S. 153 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

154Proposals: effectE+W

(1)The following are obliged to implement agreed proposals—

(a)the regulator,

(b)the registered provider,

(c)its creditors, and

(d)any liquidator, administrator, administrative receiver or receiver appointed in respect of the registered provider or any of its land.

(2)The following shall co-operate with implementation of agreed proposals—

(a)in the case of a charitable trust, its trustees,

(b)in the case of [F5a registered society], its committee members, and

(c)in the case of a registered company, its directors.

(3)Subsection (2) does not require or permit a breach of a fiduciary or other duty.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I108S. 154 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

155Manager: appointmentE+W

(1)This section applies where agreed proposals provide for the appointment of a manager.

(2)The proposals must provide for the manager to be paid reasonable remuneration and expenses.

(3)The regulator shall appoint a manager.

(4)The regulator may give the manager directions (general or specific).

(5)The manager may apply to the High Court for directions (and directions of the regulator are subject to directions of the High Court).

(6)If the registered provider is a charity, the regulator must notify the Charity Commission that a manager has been appointed.

(7)The regulator may appoint a new manager in place of a person who ceases to be manager (in accordance with terms of appointment specified in the proposals or determined by the regulator).

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I109S. 155 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

156Manager: powersE+W

(1)A manager—

(a)may do anything necessary for the purpose of the appointment,

(b)acts as the registered provider's agent (and is not personally liable on a contract), and

(c)has ostensible authority to act for the registered provider (so that a person dealing with the manager in good faith and for value need not inquire into the manager's powers).

(2)In particular, the terms of a manager's appointment may confer power—

(a)to sell or otherwise dispose of land by public auction or private contract;

(b)to raise or borrow money;

(c)to grant security over land;

(d)to grant or accept surrender of a lease;

(e)to take a lease;

(f)to take possession of property;

(g)to appoint a solicitor, accountant or other professional to assist the manager;

(h)to appoint agents and staff (and to dismiss them);

(i)to make payments;

(j)to bring or defend legal proceedings;

(k)to refer a question to arbitration;

(l)to make any arrangement or compromise;

(m)to carry on the business of the registered provider;

(n)to carry out works and do other things in connection with the management or transfer of land;

(o)to take out insurance;

(p)to use the registered body's seal;

(q)to execute in the name and on behalf of the registered provider any deed, receipt or other document;

(r)to do anything incidental to a power in paragraphs (a) to (q).

(3)A manager shall so far as is reasonably practicable consult and inform the registered provider's tenants about an exercise of powers likely to affect them.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I110S. 156 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

157Manager of [F73registered society]: extra powersE+W

(1)This section applies to a manager appointed to implement proposals relating to [F5a registered society].

(2)The appointment may confer on the manager power to make and execute on behalf of the society—

(a)an instrument providing for the amalgamation of the society with another [F73registered society], or

(b)an instrument transferring its engagements.

(3)An instrument providing for the amalgamation of a society (“S1”) with another has the same effect as a resolution by S1 under [F123section 109 of the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014] (amalgamation of societies by special resolution).

(4)An instrument transferring engagements has the same effect as a transfer of engagements under [F124section 110 or 112 of the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014] (transfer by special resolution to another society or company).

(5)A copy of the instrument shall be sent to and registered by the [F125Financial Conduct Authority].

(6)An instrument does not take effect until the copy is registered.

(7)The copy must be sent for registration during the period of 14 days beginning with the date of execution; but a copy registered after that period is valid.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I111S. 157 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

158Assistance by regulatorE+W

(1)The regulator may give financial or other assistance to [F126the registered provider] for the purpose of preserving its position pending the agreement of proposals.

(2)The regulator may give financial or other assistance to [F127the registered provider], or a manager appointed under section 155, to facilitate the implementation of agreed proposals.

(3)In particular, the regulator may—

(a)lend staff;

(b)arrange payment of the manager's remuneration and expenses.

(4)The regulator may do the following only with the Secretary of State's consent—

(a)make grants,

(b)make loans,

(c)indemnify a manager,

(d)make payments in connection with secured loans, and

(e)guarantee payments in connection with secured loans.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I112S. 158 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

159Applications to courtE+W

(1)[F128A private registered provider] may apply to the High Court where the registered provider thinks that action taken by a manager is not in accordance with the agreed proposals.

(2)A creditor of [F129a private registered provider] may apply to the High Court where the creditor thinks that action taken by a manager is not in accordance with the agreed proposals.

(3)The High Court may—

(a)confirm, annul or modify an act of the manager;

(b)give the manager directions;

(c)make any other order.

(4)If a person bound by agreed proposals (P1) thinks that action by another person (P2) breaches section 154, P1 may apply to the High Court.

(5)The High Court may—

(a)confirm, annul or modify the action;

(b)grant relief by way of injunction, damages or otherwise.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I113S. 159 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

Restructuring and dissolutionE+W

[F130159AApplication of rules about restructuring and dissolutionE+W

This group of sections does not apply to local authorities.]

160Company: arrangements and reconstructionsE+W

(1)This section applies to a non-profit registered provider which is a registered company.

(2)A voluntary arrangement under Part 1 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (c. 45) in relation to the company is effective only if the regulator has first consented.

(3)An order under section 899 of the Companies Act 2006 (c. 46) (court sanction for compromise or arrangement)—

(a)is effective only if the regulator has first consented, and

(b)does not take effect until a copy of the consent is delivered to the registrar of companies.

(4)An order under section 900 of the Companies Act 2006 (powers of court to facilitate reconstruction or amalgamation) is effective only if the regulator has first consented.

(5)The requirement in section 900(6) of the Companies Act 2006 (sending copy of order to registrar) is satisfied only if the copy is accompanied by a copy of the regulator's consent.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I114S. 160 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

161Company: conversion into [F73registered society]E+W

(1)This section applies to a non-profit registered provider which is a registered company.

(2)The registrar of companies may register a resolution under [F131section 115 of the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014] for converting the company into [F5a registered society] only if—

(a)the regulator has consented to the resolution, and

(b)a copy of the consent accompanies the resolution as sent to the registrar.

(3)The regulator shall register the body created by the conversion and designate it as a non-profit organisation.

(4)Pending registration the body shall be treated as if it were registered and designated as a non-profit organisation.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I115S. 161 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

162Company: winding upE+W

(1)This section applies to a non-profit registered provider which is a registered company.

(2)A special resolution for the voluntary winding-up of the company under the Insolvency Act 1986 (c. 45) is effective only if the regulator has first consented.

(3)The requirement under section 30 of the Companies Act 2006 (c. 46) (sending copy of resolution to registrar) is satisfied only if the copy is accompanied by a copy of the regulator's consent.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I116S. 162 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

163[F73Registered society]: restructuringE+W

(1)This section applies to a non-profit registered provider which is [F5a registered society].

(2)The [F132Financial Conduct Authority] may register a resolution passed by the society for the purposes of restructuring provisions listed in subsection (3) only if—

(a)the regulator has consented to the resolution, and

(b)a copy of the consent accompanies the resolution as sent to the Authority.

[F133(3)The following provisions of the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 are the restructuring provisions—

(a)section 109 (amalgamation of societies);

(b)section 110 (transfer of engagements between societies);

(c)section 112 (conversion of society into a company etc).]

(4)Where a resolution is registered in accordance with subsection (2), any body created or to whom engagements are transferred—

(a)must be registered by the regulator and designated as a non-profit organisation, and

(b)pending registration shall be treated as registered and designated as a non-profit organisation.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I117S. 163 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

164[F73Registered society]: winding upE+W

(1)This section applies to a non-profit registered provider which is [F5a registered society].

(2)A resolution for the voluntary winding-up of the society under the Insolvency Act 1986 is effective only if the regulator has first consented.

(3)The requirement in section 30 of the Companies Act 2006 (c. 46) (as applied by [F134section 123 of the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014] and section 84(3) of the Insolvency Act 1986) (sending copy of resolution to [F135Financial Conduct Authority]) is satisfied only if the copy is accompanied by a copy of the regulator's consent.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I118S. 164 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

165[F73Registered society]: dissolutionE+W

(1)This section applies to a non-profit registered provider which is—

(a)[F5a registered society], and

(b)to be dissolved by instrument of dissolution in accordance with [F136section 119 of the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014.]

(2)The [F137Financial Conduct Authority] may register the instrument under [F138section 121], or cause notice of the dissolution to be advertised under [F139section 122], only if—

(a)the regulator has consented to the dissolution, and

(b)a copy of the consent accompanies the instrument as sent to the Authority.

166Winding up petition by regulatorE+W

(1)This section applies to a non-profit registered provider which is—

(a)a registered company, or

(b)[F5a registered society].

(2)The regulator may present a petition for the registered provider to be wound up under the Insolvency Act 1986 (c. 45) on any of the following grounds.

(3)Ground 1 is that the registered provider is failing properly to carry out its objects.

(4)Ground 2 is that the registered provider is unable to pay its debts within the meaning of section 123 of the Insolvency Act 1986.

(5)Ground 3 is that the regulator has directed the registered provider under section 253 to transfer all its land to another person.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I120S. 166 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

167Transfer of propertyE+W

(1)This section applies—

(a)where a non-profit registered provider which is [F5a registered society] is dissolved in accordance with [F140section 119 or 123 of the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014], and

(b)where a non-profit registered provider which is a registered company is wound up under the Insolvency Act 1986.

(2)Any surplus property that is available after satisfying the registered provider's liabilities shall be transferred—

(a)to the regulator, or

(b)if the regulator directs, to a specified non-profit registered provider.

(3)If land belonging to the registered provider needs to be sold to satisfy its liabilities, the regulator may discharge those liabilities so as to ensure that the land is instead transferred in accordance with subsection (2).

(4)Where the registered provider dissolved or wound up is a charity, a registered provider may be specified under subsection (2)(b) only if it is a charity whose objects the regulator thinks are similar to those of the original charity.

(5)This section has effect despite anything in—

F141(a). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(b)the Insolvency Act 1986,

(c)the Companies Act 2006 (c. 46),

[F142(ca)the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014,] or

(d)the constitution of a registered provider.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I121S. 167 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

168Section 167: supplementalE+W

(1)This section applies to property transferred to the regulator in accordance with section 167(2)(a).

(2)The regulator may dispose of the property only to a non-profit registered provider.

(3)Where the registered provider wound up or dissolved was a charity, the regulator may dispose of the property only to a registered provider—

(a)which is a charity, and

(b)whose objects the regulator thinks are similar to those of the original charity.

(4)If the property includes land subject to a mortgage or charge, the regulator may dispose of the land—

(a)subject to that mortgage or charge, or

(b)subject to a new mortgage or charge in favour of the regulator.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I122S. 168 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

169Extension of sections 167 and 168E+W

The Secretary of State may by regulations provide for sections 167 and 168 to apply in relation to a registered provider which is a charity but not a registered company—

(a)in specified circumstances, and

(b)with specified modifications.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I123S. 169 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

Chapter 5E+WDisposal of property[F143by private registered providers]

IntroductoryE+W

170OverviewE+W

This Chapter makes provision about the disposal of property by [F144private registered providers].

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Commencement Information

I124S. 170 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

171Power to disposeE+W

(1)A [F145private registered provider] may dispose of land.

(2)But a non-profit registered provider may dispose of the landlord's interest under a secure tenancy only to another non-profit registered provider [F146or to a local authority which is a registered provider].

(3)Subsection (1) is subject to the following provisions of this Chapter (which include provisions requiring the regulator's consent for certain disposals).

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Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I125S. 171 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

Regulator's consentE+W

172Requirement of consentE+W

(1)Disposal of a dwelling by a [F147private registered provider] requires the regulator's consent if the dwelling is social housing.

(2)The regulator shall not consent to a disposal by a non-profit registered provider which it thinks is being made with a view to enabling the provider to distribute assets to members.

(3)Consent is not required under this section if the disposal falls within an exception listed in section 173.

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Commencement Information

I126S. 172 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

173ExceptionsE+W

(1)This section lists exceptions to the requirement of consent in section 172.

(2)Exception 1 is that consent is not required for disposal by a registered provider by way of—

(a)an assured tenancy,

(b)an assured agricultural occupancy,

(c)an arrangement that would be an assured tenancy or an assured agricultural occupancy but for any of paragraphs 4 to 8, 12(1)(h) and 12ZA to 12B of Schedule 1 to the Housing Act 1988 (c. 50) (exclusions),

(d)a secure tenancy, or

(e)an arrangement that would be a secure tenancy but for any of paragraphs 2 to 12 of Schedule 1 to the Housing Act 1985 (c. 68) (exclusions).

(3)Exception 2 is that consent is not required for a disposal for which consent is required under—

(a)section 81 or 133 of the Housing Act 1988, or

(b)section 173 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (c. 42).

(4)Exception 3 is that consent is not required for a disposal under Part V of the Housing Act 1985 (right to buy).

(5)Exception 4 is that consent is not required for a disposal in pursuance of a tenant's right to acquire under—

(a)section 180, or

(b)section 16 of the Housing Act 1996 (c. 52) (tenant's right to acquire social housing in Wales).

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I127S. 173 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

174ProcedureE+W

(1)Consent may be—

(a)general, or

(b)specific (whether as to particular registered providers, as to particular property, as to particular forms of disposal or in any other way).

(2)Consent may be retrospective.

(3)Consent may be expressed by reference to a policy for disposals submitted by a registered provider.

(4)Consent may be conditional.

(5)Before giving consent the regulator must consult—

F148(a). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

[F149(aa)the Greater London Authority,]

(b)one or more bodies appearing to it to represent the interests of [F150private registered providers],

[F151(ba)any body for the time being nominated under section 278A,]

and

(c)one or more[F152other] bodies appearing to it to represent the interests of tenants.

(6)Subsection (5) does not apply to specific consent relating only to one or more particular registered providers or properties.

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Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I128S. 174(1)-(4) in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

I129S. 174(5)(6) in force at 8.9.2008 by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1) (with art. 3(3)(4))

175Disposal without consentE+W

(1)A purported disposal by a [F153private registered provider] is void if—

(a)it requires the regulator's consent, and

(b)the regulator has not given consent.

(2)But subsection (1) does not apply to a disposal by a non-profit registered provider to one or more individuals (“the buyer”) if—

(a)the disposal is of a single dwelling, and

(b)the registered provider reasonably believes at the time of the disposal that the buyer intends to use the property as the buyer's principal residence.

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Commencement Information

I130S. 175 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

176Notification where disposal consent not requiredE+W

(1)If a non-profit registered provider disposes of land other than a dwelling which is social housing it shall notify the regulator as soon as is reasonably practicable.

(2)The regulator may give a direction dispensing with the notification requirement.

(3)Section 174(1) and (3) to (6) applies to a direction under this section as it applies to consent under section 172.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I131S. 176 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

ProceedsE+W

177Separate accountingE+W

(1)The accounts of a [F154private registered provider] must show its net disposal proceeds, as a separate “disposal proceeds fund”.

(2)The following are net disposal proceeds—

(a)net proceeds of sale to a tenant in pursuance of the right to acquire conferred by section 180,

(b)net proceeds of sale to a tenant in pursuance of the right to acquire conferred by section 16 of the Housing Act 1996 (c. 52),

(c)net proceeds of sale of property in respect of which a grant was made under section 21 of that Act,

(d)net proceeds of sale of property in respect of which a grant was made under section 19 of this Act in respect of discounts given by a registered provider on disposals of dwellings to tenants,

(e)grant received under section 20 or 21 of the 1996 Act,

(f)grant received under section 19 of this Act in respect of discounts given by a registered provider on disposals of dwellings to tenants,

(g)repayments of discount in respect of which grant was received under section 20 or 21 of the 1996 Act,

(h)repayments of discount in respect of which grant was received under section 19 of this Act in respect of discounts given by a registered provider on disposals of dwellings to tenants,

(i)other proceeds of sale specified by the regulator, and

(j)other grants specified by the regulator.

(3)The regulator shall determine amounts to be deducted in determining net proceeds of sale.

(4)The method of constituting the disposal proceeds fund and showing it in the accounts shall be in accordance with a direction of the regulator.

(5)Subsections (5) to (7) of section 127 apply to a direction under this section as to a direction under that section.

(6)Sections 141 and 142 apply in relation to a direction under this section as in relation to a direction under section 127.

(7)Interest shall be added to the fund in accordance with a determination made by the regulator.

(8)Where this section applies in relation to the proceeds of sale arising on a disposal, section 32 above, section 27 of the Housing Act 1996 (c. 52) and section 52 of the Housing Act 1988 (c. 50) do not apply.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I132S. 177 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

178Use of proceedsE+W

(1)Sums in a [F155private registered provider’s] disposal proceeds fund may be used or allocated only in accordance with a direction by the regulator.

(2)The regulator may give a direction only with the Secretary of State's approval.

(3)If at the end of a period specified by the regulator the disposal proceeds fund includes sums which have not been allocated in accordance with subsection (1), the regulator may require the registered provider to pay the sums [F156

(a)in the case of sums representing net disposal proceeds relating to property outside Greater London, to the HCA, and

(b)in the case of sums representing net disposal proceeds relating to property in Greater London, to the Greater London Authority.]

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F156S. 178(3)(a)(b) substituted for words (1.4.2012) by Localism Act 2011 (c. 20), s. 240(2), Sch. 19 para. 54; S.I. 2012/628, art. 6(i) (with arts. 9 11 14 15 17)

Commencement Information

I133S. 178 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

Tenants' rights and dutiesE+W

179Application of Housing Act 1996E+W

(1)The following provisions of the Housing Act 1996 apply in relation to disposals of social housing by [F157private registered providers], with the modifications set out below (and any other necessary modifications).

(2)The provisions are—

(a)sections 11 to 12 (repayment of discount on disposal),

(b)sections 12A and 12B (landlord's right of first refusal),

(c)section 13 (disposal of property in National Park), and

(d)sections 14 and 15 (supplemental).

(3)In those provisions—

(a)references to a registered social landlord shall be treated as references to a [F158private registered provider],

(b)references to consent given by the Welsh Ministers under section 9 of the 1996 Act shall be treated as references to consent given by the regulator under section 172 of this Act,

(c)references to the Welsh Ministers in connection with a power to make orders or regulations shall be treated as references to the Secretary of State,

(d)in section 12(5)(b) of the 1996 Act the reference to the Welsh Ministers shall be treated as a reference to the HCA, and

(e)references to a resolution of the National Assembly for Wales shall be treated as references to a resolution of either House of Parliament.

(4)This section does not affect the continued application of the provisions listed in subsection (2) in relation to disposals made before this section comes into force.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I134S. 179 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

Right to acquireE+W

180Right to acquireE+W

(1)The tenant of a dwelling in England has a right to acquire the dwelling if—

(a)the landlord is a [F159private registered provider] or a registered social landlord,

(b)the tenancy is within subsection (2),

(c)the provision of the dwelling was publicly funded,

(d)the dwelling has remained in the social rented sector ever since that provision, and

(e)the tenant satisfies any qualifying conditions applicable under Part V of the Housing Act 1985 (c. 68) (as it applies by virtue of section 184).

(2)A tenancy is within this subsection if it is—

(a)an assured tenancy, other than F160... a long tenancy, or

(b)a secure tenancy.

[F161(2A)The Secretary of State may by regulations provide that an assured shorthold tenancy of a description specified in the regulations is not a tenancy within subsection (2).]

(3)The reference in subsection (1)(a) to a [F162private registered provider] includes—

(a)a person who provided the dwelling in fulfilment of a condition imposed by the HCA when giving assistance to the person;

(b)a person who provided the dwelling wholly or partly by means of a grant under section 27A of the Housing Act 1996 (c. 52).

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F160Words in s. 180(2)(a) repealed (15.1.2012 for specified purposes, 1.4.2012 in so far as not already in force) by Localism Act 2011 (c. 20), ss. 165(2), 240(2), Sch. 25 Pt. 23 (with s. 165(4)); S.I. 2012/57, art. 4(1)(r) (with arts. 6 7 9-11); S.I. 2012/628, art. 6(c) (with arts. 9 11 14 15 17)

F161S. 180(2A) inserted (15.1.2012 for specified purposes, 1.4.2012 in so far as not already in force) by Localism Act 2011 (c. 20), ss. 165(3), 240(2) (with s. 165(4)); S.I. 2012/57, art. 4(1)(r) (with arts. 6 7 9-11); S.I. 2012/628, art. 6(c) (with arts. 9 11 14 15 17)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

Commencement Information

I135S. 180 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

181Interpretation: “publicly funded”E+W

(1)The provision of a dwelling was publicly funded if any of the following conditions is satisfied.

(2)Condition 1 is that—

(a)the dwelling was provided by a person in fulfilment of a condition imposed by the HCA when giving assistance to the person, and

(b)before giving the assistance the HCA notified the person that if it did so the provision of the dwelling would be regarded as publicly funded.

(3)Condition 2 is that the dwelling was provided wholly or partly by using sums in the disposal proceeds fund of—

(a)a [F163private registered provider], or

(b)a registered social landlord.

(4)Condition 3 is that —

(a)the dwelling was acquired by a [F164private registered provider], or a registered social landlord, on a disposal by a public sector landlord,

(b)the disposal was made on or after 1st April 1997, and

(c)at the time of the disposal the dwelling was capable of being let as a separate dwelling.

(5)Condition 3 is not satisfied if the dwelling was acquired in pursuance of a contract made, or option created, before 1st April 1997.

(6)Condition 4 is that—

(a)the dwelling was provided wholly or partly by means of a grant under section 18 or 27A of the Housing Act 1996 (c. 52), and

(b)when the grant was made the recipient was notified under section 16(4) of that Act that the dwelling was to be regarded as funded by means of such a grant.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I136S. 181 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

182Interpretation: “remained in the social rented sector”E+W

(1)This section applies for the purposes of determining whether a dwelling has remained in the social rented sector.

(2)A dwelling shall be treated as having remained in the social rented sector for any period during which—

(a)the freeholder was a person within subsection (3), and

(b)each leaseholder was either a person within that subsection or an individual holding otherwise than under a long tenancy.

(3)A person is within this subsection if the person is—

(a)a [F165private registered provider],

(b)a registered social landlord, or

(c)a public sector landlord.

(4)A dwelling provided wholly or partly by means of a grant under section 27A of the Housing Act 1996 shall also be treated as having remained in the social rented sector for any period during which it was used exclusively for permitted purposes by—

(a)the recipient of the grant, or

(b)any person treated as the recipient by virtue of section 27B of that Act.

(5)“Permitted purposes” are purposes for which the grant was made and any other purposes agreed by the Housing Corporation or the HCA.

(6)Where a lease of a dwelling has been granted to a former freeholder in pursuance of paragraph 3 of Schedule 9 to the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 (c. 28) (mandatory leaseback to former freeholder on collective enfranchisement) the reference in subsection (1)(a) above to the freeholder shall be construed as a reference to the leaseholder under that lease.

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Commencement Information

I137S. 182 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

183Interpretation: other expressionsE+W

(1)The definitions in this section apply to sections 180 to 182.

(2)The HCA gives “assistance” to a person if it—

(a)transfers housing or other land to the person,

(b)provides infrastructure to the person, or

(c)gives financial assistance to the person,

and for this purpose “infrastructure” has the same meaning as in Part 1.

(3)References to a “registered social landlord” are to a body which, at the time to which the reference relates, was a registered social landlord within the meaning of Part 1 of the Housing Act 1996 (c. 52) as it then had effect.

(4)Leaseholder” does not include a mortgagee.

(5)Long tenancy” has the same meaning as in Part V of the Housing Act 1985 (c. 68).

(6)A person provides a dwelling if the person—

(a)acquires, constructs, converts, improves or repairs housing or other land for use as a dwelling, or

(b)ensures such acquisition, construction, conversion, improvement or repair by another.

(7)Public sector landlord” means anyone falling within section 80(1) of the Housing Act 1985.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I138S. 183 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

184Right to acquire: supplementalE+W

(1)Section 17 of the Housing Act 1996 (right to acquire: supplemental) applies in relation to the right to acquire under section 180 of this Act with the modifications set out below.

(2)The modifications are as follows—

(a)references to the right to acquire under section 16 of the 1996 Act shall be treated as references to the right to acquire under section 180 of this Act,

(b)references to the Welsh Ministers shall be treated as references to the Secretary of State,

(c)the reference to registered social landlords shall be treated as a reference to [F166private registered providers], and

(d)the reference to a resolution of the National Assembly for Wales shall be treated as a reference to a resolution of either House of Parliament.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I139S. 184 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

185Right to acquire: consequential amendmentsE+W

(1)In section 16 of the Housing Act 1996 (right to acquire)—

(a)for subsection (1) substitute—

(1)The tenant of a dwelling in Wales has a right to acquire the dwelling if—

(a)the landlord is a registered social landlord or a registered provider of social housing,

(b)the tenancy is—

(i)an assured tenancy, other than an assured shorthold tenancy or a long tenancy, or

(ii)a secure tenancy,

(c)the dwelling was provided with public money and has remained in the social rented sector, and

(d)the tenant satisfies any further qualifying conditions applicable under Part V of the Housing Act 1985 (the right to buy) as it applies in relation to the right conferred by this section.,

(b)in subsection (2)(c) after “registered social landlord” insert “ or a registered provider of social housing ”, and

(c)in subsection (3)(a) and (b)(ii) after “registered social landlord” insert “ , a registered provider of social housing ”.

(2)In section 16A(1) (extension of section 16 to dwellings funded by grants under section 27A) after the first “dwelling” insert “ in Wales ”.

(3)In section 20 (purchase grant where right to acquire exercised)—

(a)in subsection (1) after “landlords” insert “ and registered providers of social housing ”, and

(b)in subsection (4) after “landlord” insert “ or registered provider of social housing ”.

(4)In section 21 (purchase grant in respect of other disposals)—

(a)in subsection (1)—

(i)after “landlords” insert “ and registered providers of social housing ”, and

(ii)after “dwellings” insert “ in Wales ”,

(b)in subsection (2)—

(i)after “section 16” insert “ or by section 180 of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 ”, and

(ii)for “landlord's” substitute “ landlord or provider (as the case may be) ”, and

(c)in subsection (4) after “landlord” insert “ or registered provider of social housing ”.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I140S. 185 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

MiscellaneousE+W

186Former registered providersE+W

Where a person ceases to be a [F167private registered provider], sections 171 to 175 continue to apply in respect of any property owned by the person at any time when it was registered.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I141S. 186 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

187Change of use, etc.E+W

(1)Where the regulator's consent is required for the disposal of a dwelling by [F168a private registered provider], sections 172 to 175 continue to apply in relation to a disposal of the land by the registered provider even if the land has ceased to be a dwelling.

(2)Sections 172 to 175 also apply in relation to a disposal of land by [F169a private registered provider] which would fall within Exception 2 or 3 of section 173 but for a change of use of the land by the registered provider.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I142S. 187 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

188TrusteesE+W

Section 39 of the Settled Land Act 1925 (c. 18) (disposal by trustees: best price etc.) shall not apply to the disposal of land by a [F170private registered provider].

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I143S. 188 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

189CharitiesE+W

Nothing in this Chapter authorises a charity to effect a disposal which it would not otherwise have power to effect.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I144S. 189 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

Consents under other legislationE+W

190Consent to disposals under other legislationE+W

The Secretary of State's functions under the following provisions are transferred to the regulator in so far as they relate to disposals by [F171private registered providers]

(a)section 171D of the Housing Act 1985 (c. 68) (consent to certain disposals of housing subject to the preserved right to buy),

(b)sections 81 and 133 of the Housing Act 1988 (c. 50) (consent to certain disposals of housing obtained from housing action trusts or local authorities), and

(c)section 173 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (c. 42) (consent to certain disposals of housing obtained from new town corporations).

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I145S. 190 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

191Section 190: consequential amendmentsE+W

(1)In section 171D of the Housing Act 1985 (consent to certain disposals of housing obtained subject to the preserved right to buy)—

(a)in subsection (2) (consent) for “Secretary of State” substitute “ appropriate authority ”, and

(b)after that subsection insert—

(2A)The appropriate authority” means—

(a)in relation to a disposal of land in England by a registered provider of social housing, the Regulator of Social Housing,

(b)in relation to any other disposal of land in England, the Secretary of State, and

(c)in relation to a disposal of land in Wales, the Welsh Ministers.

(2)In section 81 of the Housing Act 1988 (consent to certain disposals of housing obtained from housing action trusts)—

(a)in subsection (3) (consent) for “Secretary of State” substitute “ appropriate authority ”,

(b)after that subsection insert—

(3A)In this section “the appropriate authority” means—

(a)in relation to a disposal of land in England by a registered provider of social housing, the Regulator of Social Housing,

(b)in relation to any other disposal of land in England, the Secretary of State, and

(c)in relation to a disposal of land in Wales, the Welsh Ministers.,

(c)in subsection (5) (consultation of tenants) for “Secretary of State” substitute “ appropriate authority ”,

(d)in subsection (5)(a) for “himself” substitute “ itself ”, and

(e)omit subsection (6) (consultation of Housing Corporation).

(3)In section 133 of that Act (consent to certain disposals of housing obtained from local authorities)—

(a)in subsection (1) (consent) for “Secretary of State” substitute “ appropriate authority ”,

(b)after that subsection insert—

(1ZA)In this section “the appropriate authority” means—

(a)in relation to a disposal of land in England by a registered provider of social housing, the Regulator of Social Housing,

(b)in relation to any other disposal of land in England, the Secretary of State, and

(c)in relation to a disposal of land in Wales, the Welsh Ministers.,

(c)after subsection (1A) insert—

(1B)This section does not apply to a disposal of land by a registered provider of social housing unless the land is social housing within the meaning of Part 2 of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008.,

(d)in subsection (3)(c) (modification of certain provisions applied for the purposes of section 133) after “this section,” insert “ any reference to the appropriate national body shall be construed as a reference to the appropriate authority and ”,

(e)in subsection (5) (consultation of tenants) for “Secretary of State” substitute “ appropriate authority ”,

(f)in subsection (5)(a) for “himself” substitute “ itself ”, and

(g)omit subsection (6) (consultation of Housing Corporation).

(4)In section 173 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (c. 42) (consent to certain disposals of housing obtained from new town corporations)—

(a)in subsection (1)(a) (consent) for “Secretary of State” substitute “ appropriate authority ”,

(b)after subsection (1) insert—

(1A)In this section “the appropriate authority” means—

(a)in relation to a disposal of land in England by a registered provider of social housing, the Regulator of Social Housing,

(b)in relation to any other disposal of land in England, the Secretary of State, and

(c)in relation to a disposal of land in Wales, the Welsh Ministers.,

(c)in subsection (5) (consultation of tenants) for “Secretary of State” substitute “ appropriate authority ”,

(d)in subsection (5)(a) for “himself” substitute “ itself ”, and

(e)omit subsection (6) (consultation of Housing Corporation).

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I146S. 191 in force at 1.4.2010 by S.I. 2010/862, art. 2 (with Sch.)

Chapter 6E+WRegulatory powers

192OverviewE+W

This Chapter—

(a)allows the regulator to set standards for the provision of social housing (sections 193 to [F172198B]),

(b)gives the regulator powers to monitor compliance (sections 199 to 210),

(c)gives the regulator a degree of control over the governance of non-profit registered providers (sections 211 to 214),

(d)requires the regulator to give guidance about [F173the submission of information and opinions] relating to registered providers and about the use of its powers under this Chapter and Chapter 7 (sections 215 and 216), and

(e)allows the regulator to arrange for the accreditation of managers of social housing (section 217).

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F172Word in s. 192(a) substituted (1.4.2012) by Localism Act 2011 (c. 20), s. 240(2), Sch. 17 para. 3(2); S.I. 2012/628, art. 6(i) (with arts. 9 11 14 15 17)

F173Words in s. 192(d) substituted (1.4.2012) by Localism Act 2011 (c. 20), s. 240(2), Sch. 17 para. 3(3); S.I. 2012/628, art. 6(i) (with arts. 9 11 14 15 17)

Commencement Information

I147S. 192 in force at 8.9.2008 by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

StandardsE+W

193[F174Standards relating to consumer matters]E+W

(1)The regulator may set standards for registered providers as to the nature, extent and quality of accommodation, facilities or services provided by them in connection with social housing.

(2)Standards under subsection (1) may, in particular, require registered providers to comply with specified rules about—

(a)criteria for allocating accommodation,

(b)terms of tenancies,

F175(c). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(d)maintenance,

(e)procedures for addressing complaints by tenants against landlords,

(f)methods for consulting and informing tenants,

(g)methods of enabling tenants to influence or control the management of their accommodation and environment,

[F176(ga)methods of assisting tenants to exchange tenancies,]

(h)policies and procedures required by section 218A of the Housing Act 1996 (c. 52) in connection with anti-social behaviour,

(i)landlords' contribution to the environmental, social and economic well-being of the areas in which their property is situated, and

(j)estate management.

(3)In setting standards the regulator shall have regard to the desirability of registered providers being free to choose how to provide services and conduct business.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F174 S. 193 heading substituted (1.4.2012) by Localism Act 2011 (c. 20), s. 240(2), Sch. 17 para. 4(2); S.I. 2012/628, art. 6(i) (with arts. 9 11 14 15 17)

F176S. 193(2)(ga) inserted (15.1.2012) by Localism Act 2011 (c. 20), ss. 176(1), 240(2); S.I. 2012/57, art. 4(1)(s) (with arts. 6, 7, 9-11)

Commencement Information

I148S. 193 in force at 8.9.2008 by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

194[F177Standards relating to economic matters]E+W

(1)The regulator may set standards for [F178private registered providers] in matters relating to F179... their financial and other affairs.

[F180(1A)Standards under subsection (1) may, in particular, require private registered providers to comply with specified rules about—

(a)the management of their financial and other affairs, and

(b)their efficiency in carrying on their financial and other affairs.]

(2)In respect of profit-making registered providers, standards may be made in relation to the management of their affairs only so far as relating to the provision of social housing.

[F181(2A)The regulator may set standards for registered providers requiring them to comply with specified rules about their levels of rent (and the rules may, in particular, include provision for minimum or maximum levels of rent or levels of increase or decrease of rent).]

(3)In setting standards the regulator shall have regard to the desirability of registered providers being free to choose how to provide services and conduct business.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I149S. 194 in force at 8.9.2008 by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

195Code of practiceE+W

(1)The regulator may issue a code of practice which—

(a)relates to a matter addressed by a standard [F182under section 194], and

(b)amplifies the standard.

(2)In considering whether standards [F183under that section] have been met the regulator may have regard to a code of practice.

(3)The regulator may revise or withdraw a code of practice.

(4)The regulator shall make arrangements for bringing a code of practice to the attention of registered providers.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F182Words in s. 195(1)(a) inserted (1.4.2012) by Localism Act 2011 (c. 20), s. 240(2), Sch. 17 para. 6(2); S.I. 2012/628, art. 6(i) (with arts. 9 11 14 15 17)

F183Words in s. 195(2) inserted (1.4.2012) by Localism Act 2011 (c. 20), s. 240(2), Sch. 17 para. 6(3); S.I. 2012/628, art. 6(i) (with arts. 9 11 14 15 17)

Commencement Information

I150S. 195 in force at 8.9.2008 by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1)

196ConsultationE+W

(1)Before setting standards, or issuing, revising or withdrawing a code of practice, the regulator shall consult the following or ensure that they have been consulted—

(a)one or more bodies appearing to it to represent the interests of registered providers,

(b)one or more bodies appearing to it to represent the interests of secured creditors of registered providers,

[F184(ba)any body for the time being nominated under section 278A,]

(c)one or more[F185other] bodies appearing to it to represent the interests of tenants of social housing,

(d)the Audit Commission for Local Authorities and the National Health Service in England,

(e)one or more bodies appearing to it to represent the interests of local housing authorities,

[F186(ea)the Greater London Authority,]

F187(f). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ., and

(g)the Secretary of State.

(2)Before setting a standard which would apply to charities, or issuing, revising or withdrawing a code of practice which applies or would apply to charities, the regulator must consult the Charity Commission.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F187S. 196(1)(f) (but not the word "and" at the end of that paragraph) repealed (1.4.2012) by Localism Act 2011 (c. 20), s. 240(2), Sch. 16 para. 42, Sch. 25 Pt. 26; S.I. 2012/628, art. 6(i)(j) (with arts. 9 11 14 15 17)

Commencement Information

I151S. 196 in force at 8.9.2008 by S.I. 2008/2358, art. 3(1) (with art. 3(3)(4))

197Direction by Secretary of StateE+W

(1)The Secretary of State may direct the regulator—

(a)to set a standard under section 193 [F188or 194],

(b)about the content of standards under section 193 [F189or 194], or

(c)to have regard to specified objectives when setting standards under section 193 or 194.

(2)The Secretary of State may give a direction under subsection (1)(a) or (b) only if it relates, in the Secretary of State's opinion, to—

(a)quality of accommodation,

[F190(aa)tenure,]

(b)rent, F191...

(c)involvement by tenants in the management by registered providers of accommodation [F192, or

(d)methods of assisting tenants to exchange tenancies.]

(3)In deciding whether to give a direction the Secretary of State shall, in particular, have regard to the regulator's fundamental objectives.

(4)Before giving a direction the Secretary of State must consult—

(a)the regulator,

[F193(aa)the Greater London Authority,]

F194(b). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(c)the Audit Commission for Local Authorities and the National Health Service in England,

(d)one or more bodies appearing to the Secretary of State to represent the interests of local housing authorities,

[F195(da)any body for the time being nominated under section 278A,]

(e)one or more[F196other ] bodies appearing to the Secretary of State to represent the interests of tenants of social housing, and

(f)one or more bodies appearing to the Secretary of State to represent the interests of registered providers.

(5)Before giving a direction about a standard which would apply to charities the Secretary of State must consult the Charity Commission.

(6)A direction may disapply the requirement to consult under section 196 in relation to specified matters.

(7)The regulator shall comply with any direction.

(8)The Secretary of State shall publish—

(a)<