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Housing and Planning Act 2016

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(1)On hearing an application for a housing administration order, the court has the following powers—

(a)it may make the order,

(b)it may dismiss the application,

(c)it may adjourn the hearing conditionally or unconditionally,

(d)it may make an interim order,

(e)it may treat the application as a winding-up petition and make any order the court could make under section 125 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (power of court on hearing winding-up petition), and

(f)it may make any other order which it thinks appropriate.

(2)The court may make a housing administration order in relation to a registered provider only if it is satisfied—

(a)that the registered provider is unable, or is likely to be unable, to pay its debts, or

(b)that, on a petition by the Secretary of State under section 124A of the Insolvency Act 1986, it would be just and equitable (disregarding the objectives of the housing administration) to wind up the registered provider in the public interest.

(3)The court may not make a housing administration order on the ground set out in subsection (2)(b) unless the Secretary of State has certified to the court that the case is one in which the Secretary of State considers (disregarding the objectives of the housing administration) that it would be appropriate to petition under section 124A of the Insolvency Act 1986.

(4)The court has no power to make a housing administration order in relation to a registered provider which—

(a)is in administration under Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986, or

(b)has gone into liquidation (within the meaning of section 247(2) of the Insolvency Act 1986).

(5)A housing administration order comes into force—

(a)at the time appointed by the court, or

(b)if no time is appointed by the court, when the order is made.

(6)An interim order under subsection (1)(d) may, in particular—

(a)restrict the exercise of a power of the registered provider or of its relevant officers, or

(b)make provision conferring a discretion on a person qualified to act as an insolvency practitioner in relation to the registered provider.

(7)In subsection (6)(a) “relevant officer”—

(a)in relation to a company, means a director,

(b)in relation to a registered society, means a member of the management committee or other directing body of the society, and

(c)in relation to a charitable incorporated organisation, means a charity trustee (as defined by section 177 of the Charities Act 2011).

(8)In the case of a foreign company, subsection (6)(a) is to be read as a reference to restricting the exercise of a power of the registered provider or of its directors—

(a)within the United Kingdom, or

(b)in relation to the company’s UK affairs, business or property.

(9)For the purposes of this section a registered provider is unable to pay its debts if—

(a)it is deemed to be unable to pay its debts under section 123 of the Insolvency Act 1986, or

(b)it is an unregistered company which is deemed, as a result of any of sections 222 to 224 of the Insolvency Act 1986, to be so unable for the purposes of section 221 of that Act, or which would be so deemed if it were an unregistered company for the purposes of those sections.

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