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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 26 November 2015

 

Public Bill Committee

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

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Housing and Planning Bill


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments remaining before the Committee and

 

includes any withdrawn amendments at the end. The amendments have been

 

arranged in accordance with the Order of the Committee [10 November 2015, as

 

amended on 19 November 2015.]

 


 

Teresa Pearce

 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

110

 

Clause  49,  page  22,  line  10,   at end insert—

 

“(e)    

the local housing authority responds to a request by the landlord confirming that

 

they suspect the property to be abandoned.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the local housing authority to confirm that they also suspect that

 

the property is abandoned before a landlord can recover the abandoned premises.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

116

 

Clause  50,  page  22,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

If the unpaid rent condition has been met and a new payment of rent is made

 

before the notice under section 49 is given, the unpaid rent condition ceases to be

 

met (irrespective of the period to which the new payment of rent relates).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures that a landlord cannot rely on old arrears of rent to recover premises if

 

the tenant has since made a payment of rent.


 
 

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Housing and Planning Bill, continued

 
 

Brandon Lewis

 

117

 

Clause  50,  page  22,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

In this section “rent” means rent lawfully due from the tenant.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is intended to exclude cases where, for example, rent has become due under the terms of a

 

lease but it is unrecoverable because legislation provides that until certain requirements are met

 

it is not to be treated as lawfully due.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

118

 

Clause  51,  page  22,  line  23,  leave out “the tenant and any named occupier two” and

 

insert “three”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires a third warning notice to be given before a landlord can bring a tenancy

 

to an end under clause 49. The third notice must be fixed to the premises (see amendment 119) and

 

must be given towards the end of the warning period (see amendment 120). Amendment 121 gives

 

power to specify the form of the third notice. Amendments 122, 123, 124 and 125 are

 

consequential.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

119

 

Clause  51,  page  22,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

The first two warning notices must be given to the tenant and any named occupier

 

using one of the methods in section 53(1) or (2).

 

( )    

The third warning notice must be given by fixing it to some conspicuous part of

 

the premises to which the tenancy relates.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 118.

 

Teresa Pearce

 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

108

 

Clause  51,  page  22,  line  32,   leave out “8” and insert “12”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would extend the minimum amount of time needed to pass from 8 to 12 weeks

 

before a landlord is able to recover an abandoned premises.

 

Teresa Pearce

 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

107

 

Clause  51,  page  22,   leave out lines 34 to 37

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes subsections 4 and 5 of Clause 51 from the Bill which would remove the

 

ability for a landlord to deliver the first of the two letters needed to evict a tenant suspected of

 

abandoning the property before they have missed rent.


 
 

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Teresa Pearce

 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

109

 

Clause  51,  page  22,  line  38,   leave out “two weeks, and no more than 4 weeks” and

 

insert “4 weeks, and no more than 8 weeks”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would extend the time periods of and between the two letters needed to evict a

 

tenant suspected of abandoning the premises.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

120

 

Clause  51,  page  22,  line  39,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

The third warning notice must be given before the period of 5 days ending with

 

the date specified in the warning notices under subsection (2)(b).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 118.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

121

 

Clause  51,  page  22,  line  39,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

The Secretary of State may make regulations setting out the form that the third

 

warning notice must take.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 118.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

122

 

Clause  53,  page  23,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

This section sets out the methods for giving—

 

(a)    

a notice under section 49;

 

(b)    

the first or second warning notices under section 51.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 118.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

123

 

Clause  53,  page  23,  line  12,  leave out “A notice under section 49 or 51” and insert

 

“The notice”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 118.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

124

 

Clause  53,  page  23,  line  14,  leave out “A notice under section 49 or 51 that” and

 

insert “If the notice”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 118.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 26 November 2015                  

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Housing and Planning Bill, continued

 
 

Brandon Lewis

 

125

 

Clause  53,  page  23,  line  15,  after “person” insert “it”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 118.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

126

 

Clause  53,  page  23,  line  21,  at end insert “, and

 

( )    

in the case of a tenant, leaving it at or sending it to every postal address

 

in the United Kingdom of every guarantor, marked for the attention of the

 

tenant.

 

( )    

In subsection (2) “guarantor”, in relation to a tenant, means a person who has

 

agreed with the landlord to guarantee the performance by the tenant of any of the

 

tenant’s obligations under the tenancy.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires certain notices to be sent to a tenant’s guarantors, marked for the

 

attention of the tenant. This requirement applies unless the tenant has been given the notice in

 

person.

 


 

Teresa Pearce

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

136

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  84,  page  34,  leave out lines 19 and 20

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would retain sections 225 and 226 of the Housing Act 2004 regarding

 

accommodation needs of gypsies and travellers.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

127

 

Clause  85,  page  34,  line  26,  leave out subsection (3) and insert—

 

“(3)    

In section 66 (tests for fitness and satisfactory management arrangements: houses

 

in multiple occupation)—

 

(a)    

after subsection (1) insert—

 

“(1A)    

A local housing authority in England must also have regard to

 

any evidence within subsection (3A) or (3B).”;

 

(b)    

in subsection (2), in paragraph (c), after “tenant law” insert “(including

 

Part 3 of the Immigration Act 2014)”;

 

(c)    

after subsection (3) insert—

 

“(3A)    

Evidence is within this subsection if it shows that P—

 

(a)    

requires leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom

 

but does not have it; or

 

(b)    

is insolvent or an undischarged bankrupt.

 

(3B)    

Evidence is within this subsection if—


 
 

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(a)    

it shows that any person associated or formerly

 

associated with P (whether on a personal, work or other

 

basis) is a person to whom subsection (3A)(a) or (b)

 

applies; and

 

(b)    

it appears to the authority that the evidence is relevant to

 

the question whether P is a fit and proper person to be the

 

licence holder or (as the case may be) the manager of the

 

house.”

 

(4)    

In section 70 (revocation of licences), in subsection (2), in the words after

 

paragraph (c)—

 

(a)    

for “Section 66(1) applies” substitute “Section 66(1) and (1A) apply”;

 

(b)    

for “it applies” substitute “they apply”.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment, together with amendment 128, ensures that amendments made by clause 85 apply

 

only to England.

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

137

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  85,  page  34,  line  37,  at end insert—

 

“(g)    

has a current entry on the Database of Rogue Landlords and Letting

 

Agents as set out in Part 2 of the Housing and Planning Act 2015.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would deny those with an entry on the Database of Rogue Landlords and Letting

 

Agents from being granted a licence for a HMO.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

128

 

Clause  85,  page  35,  line  5,  leave out subsection (5) and insert—

 

“(5)    

In section 89 (tests for fitness and satisfactory management arrangements: certain

 

other houses)—

 

(a)    

after subsection (1) insert—

 

“(1A)    

A local housing authority in England must also have regard to

 

any evidence within subsection (3A) or (3B).”;

 

(b)    

in subsection (2), in paragraph (c), after “tenant law” insert “(including

 

Part 3 of the Immigration Act 2014)”;

 

(c)    

after subsection (3) insert—

 

“(3A)    

Evidence is within this subsection if it shows that P—

 

(a)    

requires leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom

 

but does not have it; or

 

(b)    

is insolvent or an undischarged bankrupt.

 

(3B)    

Evidence is within this subsection if—

 

(a)    

it shows that any person associated or formerly

 

associated with P (whether on a personal, work or other

 

basis) is a person to whom subsection (3A)(a) or (b)

 

applies; and

 

(b)    

it appears to the authority that the evidence is relevant to

 

the question whether P is a fit and proper person to be the

 

licence holder or (as the case may be) the manager of the

 

house.”


 
 

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(6)    

In section 93, in subsection (2), in the words after paragraph (c)—

 

(a)    

for “Section 89(1) applies” substitute “Section 89(1) and (1A) apply”;

 

(b)    

for “it applies” substitute “they apply”.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment number 127.

 


 

Teresa Pearce

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

138

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  86,  page  35,  line  24,  leave out “as an alternative” and insert “in addition”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would allow for a financial penalty as an addition, rather than as an alternative,

 

to prosecution.

 


 

Teresa Pearce

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

139

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  4,  page  78,  line  9,  leave out “but must not be more than £5,000”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would remove the limit for the amount of a financial penalty imposed by the local

 

housing authority under the section.

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

140

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  4,  page  78,  line  42,  leave out “but must not be more than £5,000”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would remove the limit for the amount of a financial penalty imposed by the local

 

housing authority under the section.

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

141

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  4,  page  79,  line  32,  leave out “but must not be more than £5,000”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would remove the limit for the amount of a financial penalty imposed by the local

 

housing authority under the section.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 26 November 2015                  

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Housing and Planning Bill, continued

 
 

Teresa Pearce

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

142

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  4,  page  80,  line  20,  leave out “but must not be more than £2,000”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would remove the limit for the amount of a financial penalty imposed by the local

 

housing authority under the section.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

129

 

Schedule  5,  page  83,  line  21,  leave out “Secretary of State” and insert “appropriate

 

national authority”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Amendments 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134 and 135 ensure that a regulation-making power may be

 

exercised by the Welsh Ministers in relation to land in Wales as well as by the Secretary of State

 

in relation to land in England.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

130

 

Schedule  5,  page  83,  line  24,  leave out sub-paragraph (4) and insert—

 

    “(4)  

At the end insert—

 

    “(7)  

In sub-paragraph (1) “appropriate national authority” means—

 

(a)    

in relation to a tenancy of land in England, the Secretary of

 

State;

 

(b)    

in relation to a tenancy of land in Wales, the Welsh

 

Ministers.

 

      (8)  

Regulations under sub-paragraph (1) may include transitional

 

provision.

 

      (9)  

Regulations under sub-paragraph (1) are to be made by statutory

 

instrument.

 

    (10)  

A statutory instrument containing regulations under sub-paragraph

 

(1) is subject to annulment—

 

(a)    

in the case of an instrument made by the Secretary of State,

 

in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament;

 

(b)    

in the case of an instrument made by the Welsh Ministers,

 

in pursuance of a resolution of the National Assembly for

 

Wales.””

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 129.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

131

 

Schedule  5,  page  84,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

“3  (1)  

Section 100 (orders and regulations) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

In subsection (1), after “Secretary of State” insert “or the Welsh Ministers”.


 
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