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Restrictions on exercise of certain powers of registered housing associationsN.I.

29.—(1) The provisions of this Article apply in relation to a registered housing association, the registration of which by the Department has been recorded by the registrar under Article 18(2), and references in the following provisions of this Article to a registered housing association shall be construed accordingly.

(2) The registrar shall not register a special resolution, as defined in section 59(2) of the Act of 1969, which is passed by a registered housing association for the purposes of section 59 or 60 of that Act (amalgamation of societies and transfer of engagements between societies) [F1unless—

(a)a copy of the special resolution has been sent to the Department, and

(b)a copy of a certificate from the Department confirming that sub-paragraph (a) has been complied with is sent to the registrar together with the copy of the special resolution required to be sent as mentioned in section 59(4) of that Act.]

(3) Section 61 of the Act of 1969 (power of registered society to convert itself into, or to transfer its engagements to, a company registered under [F2the Companies Act 2006]) shall not apply to a registered housing association.

[F3(4) If, in pursuance of section 64(1)(a) of the 1969 Act, a registered housing association resolves by special resolution that it be wound up voluntarily under the Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989, the resolution has no effect [F4unless—

(a)before the resolution was passed the Department was notified of the intention to propose the resolution, and

(b)a copy of a certificate from the Department confirming that sub-paragraph (a) has been complied with is sent to the registrar together with a copy of the resolution required to be sent as mentioned in section 64(3) of the 1969 Act.]]

(5) If, in pursuance of [F5section 64(1)(b)] of the Act of 1969, a registered housing association is to be dissolved by an instrument of dissolution, the registrar shall neither register that instrument, as required by section 67(5) of that Act, nor cause notice of the dissolution to be advertised as mentioned in section 67(6) [F6unless—

(a)a copy of the instrument of dissolution has been sent to the Department, and

(b)a copy of a certificate from the Department confirming that sub-paragraph (a) has been complied with is sent to the registrar together with the instrument of dissolution required to be sent as mentioned in section 67(4).]

[F7(6) Section 9 of the Act of 1969 has effect in relation to a registered housing association with the following modifications.

(7) For subsection (1) substitute—

(1) Subject to subsection (2), any amendment of a society’s rules as for the time being registered under this Act shall not be valid until the amendment has been—

(a)sent to the Department for Communities, and

(b)registered under this Act.

(1A) For the purpose of registering the amendment as required by subsection (1)(b), there must be sent to the registrar—

(a)a copy of a certificate from the Department for Communities confirming that subsection (1)(a) has been complied with, and

(b)two copies of the amendment signed—

(i)in the case of a society for the time being consisting solely of registered societies, by the secretary of the society and by the secretary of each (or, if more than two, of each of any two) of the constituent societies;

(ii)in any other case, by three members and the secretary of the society..

(8) In subsection (2), before paragraph (a) insert—

(za)notice of any such change shall be sent to the Department for Communities;.]

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