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Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019

Commentary on Sections

Part 4: Enforcement

Section 11 – Offence of failing to comply with a notice under section 10

59.By virtue of subsection (1), a failure to comply with a notice issued under section 10 is an offence. In any proceedings brought against a person for an offence under subsection (1) it is a defence if a person had a reasonable excuse for failing to comply with the notice. On conviction, a person is liable to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale.

60.By virtue of subsection (4), a person who intentionally alters, suppresses or destroys any document that that person has been required to produce by a notice under section 10 will commit an offence. Upon conviction of such an offence, the person is liable to a fine, which is not subject to a maximum level on the standard scale. The provision for such a fine reflects the fact that this offence involves a deliberate attempt to deceive or to suppress information, which a court will take into account when setting the level of fine.

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