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

Commentary on Sections

Part 4: Enforcement

Section 13 - Fixed penalty notices

64.This section provides for fixed penalty notices for offences under section 2 and 3 (but not for offences under Part 4 of the Act). Fixed penalty notices under this section may be given by the authorised officer of an enforcement authority. The amount of the fixed penalty is £1,000. This amount may be amended by regulations made by the Welsh Ministers (see subsection (3)).

65.Subsection (4) provides that a fixed penalty notice given under this section is treated for certain purposes as if it were given under section 29 of the 2014 Act.

66.These purposes relate to the following matters.

67.The first matter is the effect of a fixed penalty notice in relation to potential proceedings against a person for an alleged offence. Applying section 29(2) of Part 1 of the 2014 Act ensures that where a person is given a notice in respect of an offence under section 2 or 3 of this Act, no proceedings in relation to the alleged offence may be issued until the expiry of the period of 21 days following the date of the notice; and a person who has paid the amount before the expiry of that 3 week period cannot be convicted of the offence in question.

68.The second matter is the content of a notice given to a person. Applying section 29(3) of the 2014 Act to a notice under this section will require the notice to set out:

  • reasonable information on the circumstances alleged to constitute the offence;

  • the period during which proceedings will not be taken for the offence;

  • the amount of the fixed penalty;

  • details of the identity and address of the person to whom the penalty is payable.

69.The third matter relates to rules about how a payment of the amount of a fixed penalty can be made, and rules about when a payment is to be treated as having been made for particular purposes.

70.Receipts from fixed penalty notices can only be used for the enforcement authority’s functions relating to the enforcement of this Act (subsection (5)).

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