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Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Act 2018

Powers exercisable in respect of officers and management of registered social landlord


39.The threshold for intervention by the Welsh Ministers varies depending on the relevant provision, however, the main threshold (formerly where the Welsh Ministers were satisfied that there had been misconduct or mismanagement in the affairs of the RSL) is changed. Sections 6 to 12 of the Act make the changes to the threshold.

40.As a result of the amendments, the threshold for intervention applies where the Welsh Ministers are satisfied that there has been “failure to comply with a requirement imposed by or under an enactment”. This will include breaches of UK Acts, Acts or Measures of the National Assembly for Wales, regulations and other secondary legislation, as well as any directions or standards made under an enactment with which an RSL is required to comply. As the threshold includes a breach of standards made under section 33A of the 1996 Act, where, under the 1996 Act, there were separate intervention grounds on the basis of a breach of a standard, these have, in general, simply been replaced with the new threshold.

41.Section 33A of the 1996 Act enables the Welsh Ministers to set standards of performance to be met by RSLs in connection with their functions relating to the provision of housing, and matters relating to their governance and financial management.

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