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Statutory Instruments

2013 No. 491

Charging Orders

The Charging Orders (Orders for Sale: Financial Thresholds) Regulations 2013

Made

5th March 2013

Coming into force

6th April 2013

The Lord Chancellor makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by section 3A(2) and (3) of the Charging Orders Act 1979(1).

A draft of these Regulations has been laid before Parliament in accordance with section 3A(5) of the Charging Orders Act 1979, and has been approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.

Citation and commencement

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Charging Orders (Orders for Sale: Financial Thresholds) Regulations 2013.

(2) These Regulations come into force on 6 April 2013 or, if they are made on or after 6 April 2013, on the day after the day on which they are made.

Cases in which these Regulations apply

2.—(1) These Regulations apply where a charging order has been made for securing the payment of money due under a judgment or order made for the purpose of enforcing payment under a regulated agreement.

(2) “Regulated agreement” has the meaning given to it by section 189(1) of the Consumer Credit Act 1974(2).

Financial threshold

3.  Where these Regulations apply, the charge imposed by the charging order may not be enforced by way of order for sale to recover an amount which is less than £1,000.

Transitional provision

4.  These Regulations do not have effect to prevent a charge imposed by a charging order being enforced by way of an order for sale to recover an amount which is less than £1,000 if the application for the order for sale was made before the date on which these Regulations come into force.

Signed by authority of the Lord Chancellor

Helen Grant

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Ministry of Justice

5th March 2013

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations set a financial threshold for orders for sale to enforce a charge imposed by a charging order in cases where the charging order was made to secure the payment of money due under a judgment made for the purpose of enforcing payment of money owed under an agreement which is a regulated agreement under the Consumer Credit Act 1974, and the application to enforce is made on or after the date on which the Regulations come into force.

The threshold is set at £1,000, so that if the amount of the judgment debt which remains unpaid at the date of the making of the application to enforce is less than £1,000, no order for sale may made.

An Impact Assessment has been prepared in relation to the Regulations, and may be found at https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/county_court_disputes .

(1)

1979 c.53. Section 3A was inserted by section 94 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 (c.15).

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