Explanatory Notes

Housing (Wales) Act 2014


17 September 2014

Commentary on Sections

Part 4 Standards for Social Housing

Section 128 – Exemption from offences relating to service charges for social housing

228.Section 25 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 is amended to exempt social landlords from criminal offence provisions where a landlord has failed to comply with certain duties in relation to providing tenants with information relating to service charges. Previously a local authority landlord had been exempted whereas a registered social landlord was subject to being penalised. Both types of social landlord are now required to comply with any standards issued by the Welsh Ministers which relate to service charges, and it is not necessary for there to be additional criminal sanctions.