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Public Bill Committee: 19 November 2015                  

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Housing and Planning Bill, continued

 
 

Matthew Pennycook

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

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Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  11,  page  7,  line  32,  after “eligibility”, insert “including those who have

 

failed to demonstrate that they have obtained effective mortgage finance”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement for amendment 81.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  12,  page  8,  line  17,  leave out “letting” and insert “property”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Part 2 of the Bill contains various references to rogue landlords and letting agents. NC8 has the

 

effect of extending the Part to property managers, whether or not they are landlords or letting

 

agents. As a result the references to rogue landlords and letting agents need to be changed to refer

 

to rogue landlords and “property agents”, a term that is defined by amendment 48 to mean letting

 

agents and property managers.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  12,  page  8,  line  20,  leave out “letting” and insert “property”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 2.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  12,  page  8,  line  21,  leave out “letting” and insert “property”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 2.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  12,  page  8,  line  24,  leave out “or who has breached a banning order”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on NC3.

 



 
 

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Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  14,  page  9,  line  12,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

If a local housing authority in England applies for a banning order against a body

 

corporate that has been convicted of a banning order offence, it must also apply

 

for a banning order against any officer who has been convicted of the same

 

offence in respect of the same conduct.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures that where a local authority applies for a banning order against a

 

company that has been convicted of an offence, it must also apply for a banning order against any

 

officer who has been convicted of the same offence (for example, under section 251 of the Housing

 

Act 2004).

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  14,  page  9,  line  13,  after “order” insert “under subsection (1)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the need for a notice of intended proceedings in cases where a local

 

housing authority is obliged to apply for a banning order because of amendment 6. It would not

 

make sense to invite a person to make representations in a case where the authority is obliged to

 

make an application.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  14,  page  9,  line  16,  after “why,” insert—

 

“( )    

stating the length of each proposed ban,”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires the length of each proposed ban to be stated in the notice of intended

 

proceedings that a local housing authority has to give a person before applying for a banning

 

order.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  15,  page  9,  line  29,  leave out “letting” and insert “property”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 2.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  15,  page  9,  line  30,  at end insert “(but see subsection (2A))”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 11.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 19 November 2015                  

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Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  15,  page  9,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

“(2A)    

Where an application is made under section 14(1A) against an officer of a body

 

corporate, the First-tier Tribunal may make a banning order against the officer

 

even if the condition in subsection (1)(b) is not met.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This ensures that where a body corporate commits a banning order offence and an officer commits

 

the same offence, an order can be made against the officer even though he or she was not a

 

residential landlord etc at the time the offence was committed (i.e. because it was the company that

 

was the landlord etc). The amendment is related to amendment 6.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  15,  page  9,  line  39,  leave out “letting” and insert “property”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 2.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  17,  page  10,  line  13,  leave out “person has breached a banning order” and

 

insert “person’s conduct amounts to an offence under section (Offence of breach of

 

banning order)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on NC3.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  17,  page  10,  line  15,  leave out “that applied for the banning order” and

 

insert “for the area in which the housing to which the conduct relates is situated”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment changes which local housing authority may impose a financial penalty where a

 

person breaches a banning order. At the moment the authority that originally applied for the

 

banning order is responsible for imposing a penalty; the amendment will make the authority where

 

the breach occurs responsible.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  17,  page  10,  line  17,  leave out from “same” to end of line 20 and insert

 

“conduct”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on NC3.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  17,  page  10,  line  22,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

The responsible local housing authority may not impose a financial penalty in

 

respect of any conduct amounting to an offence under section (Offence of breach

 

of banning order) if—

 

(a)    

the person has been convicted of an offence under that section in respect

 

of the conduct, or


 
 

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(b)    

criminal proceedings for the offence have been instituted against the

 

person in respect of the conduct and the proceedings have not been

 

concluded.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures that a person does not end up with a financial penalty as well as a

 

conviction for the criminal offence created by NC3.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Schedule  1,  page  70,  line  5,  leave out “for breaching a banning order” and insert

 

“under section 17”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on NC3.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Schedule  1,  page  70,  line  10,  leave out “person’s breach of the banning order” and

 

insert “conduct to which the financial penalty relates”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on NC3.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Schedule  1,  page  70,  line  11,  leave out “in breach of the banning order” and insert

 

“continuing to engage in the conduct”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on NC3.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Schedule  1,  page  70,  line  11,  leave out the second “breach” and insert “conduct”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on NC3.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Schedule  1,  page  70,  line  13,  leave out “breach” and insert “conduct”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on NC3.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Schedule  1,  page  70,  line  15,  leave out “breach” and insert “conduct”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on NC3.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 19 November 2015                  

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Housing and Planning Bill, continued

 
 

Gareth Thomas

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Clause  19,  page  10,  line  27,  leave out subsection (7).

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure local housing authorities would be able to retain any financial

 

penalties recovered under Clause 17.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Schedule  3,  page  76,  line  22,  leave out “In”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 58.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Schedule  3,  page  76,  line  22,  after “orders)” insert “is amended as follows.

 

      ( )  

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 58.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Schedule  3,  page  76,  line  29,  at end insert—

 

    “( )  

In subsection (5), for “and” substitute “to”.

 

      ( )  

After subsection (6) insert—

 

“(6A)    

If—

 

(a)    

the existing order was made under section 113(3A) or (6A),

 

and

 

(b)    

the date on which the new order comes into force in relation

 

to the house (or part of it) following the disposal of the appeal

 

is later than the date on which the existing order would cease

 

to have effect apart from this subsection,

 

    

the existing order continues in force until that later date.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is designed to preserve a final management order in cases where a replacement order has

 

been made but is in the process of being appealed.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  21,  page  11,  line  21,  leave out “a director, secretary or other” and insert

 

“an”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment leaves out unnecessary words. “Officer” is defined by clause 48 to include

 

directors and secretaries so there is no need to mention them specifically.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 19 November 2015                  

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Housing and Planning Bill, continued

 
 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  21,  page  11,  line  23,  at end insert “, or

 

( )    

in a case where the landlord is a body corporate, any body corporate that

 

has an officer in common with the landlord.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is designed to ensure that a landlord that is a company cannot transfer property

 

to another company that has an officer in common. “Officer” is given a broad definition by clause

 

48.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  22,  page  11,  line  34,  leave out “letting” and insert “property”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 2.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  23,  page  12,  line  5,  leave out from “must” to end of line 6 and insert “make

 

an entry in the database in respect of a person if—

 

(a)    

a banning order has been made against the person following an

 

application by the authority, and

 

(b)    

no entry was made under section 24, before the banning order was made,

 

on the basis of a conviction for the offence to which the banning order

 

relates.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures that where a person is included in the database of rogue landlords and

 

letting agents under clause 24, there is no conflict with the requirement to make an entry in the

 

database if a banning order is made in respect of the same offence.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  24,  page  12,  line  10,  leave out “enter a person in the database” and insert

 

“make an entry in the database in respect of a person”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment clarifies the drafting to ensure that it is possible to make more than one entry in

 

the database in respect of the same person. This might occur if a person is convicted of a new

 

banning order offence after he or she has been included in the database in respect of an earlier

 

banning order offence. A person may have several concurrent entries although for anyone

 

searching the database they may in practice be displayed as a single entry.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 19 November 2015                  

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Housing and Planning Bill, continued

 
 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  24,  page  12,  line  13,  leave out “letting” and insert “property”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 2.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  24,  page  12,  line  14,  leave out “a person may be entered” and insert “an

 

entry may be made”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendment 21.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  24,  page  12,  line  18,  after “made” insert “(or that period as reduced in

 

accordance with section (Removal or variation of entries made under section 24)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on NC6.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  24,  page  12,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

Subsection (3)(a) does not prevent an entry being removed early in accordance

 

under section (Removal or variation of entries made under section 24)”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on NC6.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  24,  page  12,  line  22,  leave out “include a person” and insert “make an

 

entry”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendment 21.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  25,  page  12,  line  25,  leave out “enter a person in the database” and insert

 

“make an entry in the database in respect of a person”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendment 21.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  25,  page  12,  line  28,  leave out “include the person” and insert “make the

 

entry”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendment 21.


 
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