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Notices of Amendments: 6 January 2016                  

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Housing and Planning Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Gary Streeter

 

3

 

Clause  79,  page  33,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

The Secretary of State must not make regulations under subsection (1) which

 

apply to tenants in affordable rent to buy properties.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would exclude tenants in affordable rent to buy properties from the application

 

of mandatory rent requirements for high income social tenants.

 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Helen Hayes

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

95

 

Clause  79,  page  33,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

Any regulations made by the Secretary of State under this section will not

 

apply—

 

(a)    

to people aged over 65;

 

(b)    

to people who have a registered disability;

 

(c)    

to people on zero hours contracts;

 

(d)    

to people with seasonal contracts of employment;

 

(e)    

to households where one or more members is in receipt of ESA;

 

(f)    

where a household member is in receipt of care

 

(g)    

where a member of the household is a carer for another household

 

member;

 

(h)    

to those living in supported housing; and

 

(i)    

to households in receipt of housing benefit.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would establish exemptions from the application of high income rents system.

 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Helen Hayes

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

57

 

Clause  79,  page  33,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

“(d)    

to be increased on a tapered system relating to income and level of rent

 

charged.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would introduce a taper scheme into the application of high income rents to

 

prevent huge jumps in the rent level being charged with only modest increases in income.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 6 January 2016                  

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Housing and Planning Bill, continued

 
 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Helen Hayes

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

58

 

Clause  79,  page  33,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

“(d)    

to take into account the need to promote socially cohesive and mixed

 

communities.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would enable local authorities and social housing providers to take into account

 

the need to promote and encourage a degree of diversity in their communities.

 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Helen Hayes

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

59

 

Clause  79,  page  33,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

“(d)    

take into account local affordability.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would establish that rent levels should reflect local affordability.

 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

60

 

Clause  79,  page  33,  line  22,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

The Secretary of State must make regulations to provide for the external valuation

 

of high income rents.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would establish that the application of a higher income rent should be subject to

 

external valuation.

 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Helen Hayes

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

96

 

Clause  79,  page  33,  line  22,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

Any regulations made by the Secretary of State under this section must include

 

provisions for—

 

(a)    

a notice period of one year before the new rent becomes payable; and

 

(b)    

transitional protection and arrangements as the tenant moves to the

 

higher rent.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would make it appropriate for tenants deemed to have a high income to be given

 

time and a degree of transitional protection to enable them to relocate to another property or

 

increase their income further


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 6 January 2016                  

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Housing and Planning Bill, continued

 
 

Secretary Greg Clark

 

114

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  79,  page  33,  line  24,  leave out “registered provider of social housing” and

 

insert “local housing authority”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 113.

 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

61

 

Clause  79,  page  33,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

“(6)    

All provisions in this section shall only apply—

 

(a)    

for new tenancies commenced after 30 April 2017; and

 

(b)    

where the tenant has been provided with a new tenancy agreement.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would establish that the high income rent regime would only apply to new tenants

 

from April 2017 and where they have been given a new tenancy agreement.

 


 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

97

 

Clause  80,  page  33,  line  30,  at beginning insert “Subject to subsection (1A)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See amendment 98.

 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Helen Hayes

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

98

 

Clause  80,  page  33,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

High income” must be set with reference to average incomes in the area with high

 

incomes being defined by income falling in the top quartile of incomes in the

 

area.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would establish that high incomes will reflect the top quartile of income levels.

 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

62

 

Clause  80,  page  33,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

For the purposes of this Chapter high income cannot be set at a level lower than

 

median income.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would establish that the high income level cannot be set a level lower than

 

average/median salaries.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 6 January 2016                  

11

 

Housing and Planning Bill, continued

 
 

Secretary Greg Clark

 

115

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  80,  page  34,  line  3,  leave out “registered provider of social housing” and

 

insert “local housing authority”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 113.

 


 

Secretary Greg Clark

 

116

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  81,  page  34,  line  7,  leave out “registered provider of social housing” and

 

insert “local housing authority”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 113.

 

Secretary Greg Clark

 

117

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  81,  page  34,  line  9,  leave out “registered provider” and insert “local housing

 

authority”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 113.

 

Secretary Greg Clark

 

118

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  81,  page  34,  line  11,  leave out “registered provider of social housing” and

 

insert “English local housing authority”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 113.

 

Secretary Greg Clark

 

119

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  81,  page  34,  line  12,  leave out “rent at the market rate” and insert “the

 

maximum rent”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Clause 81(2) enables regulations requiring rent to be charged at the market rate to a tenant who

 

has failed to comply with a requirement to provide information about income etc. This amendment

 

and amendment 120 change this so that the tenant must be charged the maximum rate that they

 

would have to pay as a high income tenant (which might still be less than the full market rate).

 

Secretary Greg Clark

 

120

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  81,  page  34,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

In subsection (2) “the maximum rent” means the rent that a local housing

 

authority is required to charge a high income tenant of the premises under

 

section 79 (or, if regulations under section 79(3)(a) provide for different rents for

 

people with different incomes, the rent that a person in the highest income bracket

 

would be required to pay).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 119.

 



 
 

Notices of Amendments: 6 January 2016                  

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Housing and Planning Bill, continued

 
 

Secretary Greg Clark

 

121

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  82,  page  34,  line  20,  leave out “registered provider of social housing” and

 

insert “local housing authority”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 113.

 

Secretary Greg Clark

 

122

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  82,  page  34,  line  24,  leave out “registered provider of social housing” and

 

insert “local housing authority”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 113.

 

Secretary Greg Clark

 

123

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  82,  page  34,  line  26,  leave out “registered providers” and insert “local

 

housing authorities”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 113.

 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

63

 

Clause  82,  page  34,  line  27,  leave out subsection (c)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would establish that the creation of a public body to transfer information from the

 

HMRC to a local authority or registered provider of social housing is not necessary.

 

Secretary Greg Clark

 

124

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  82,  page  34,  line  28,  leave out “registered providers” and insert “local

 

housing authorities”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 113.

 

Secretary Greg Clark

 

125

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  82,  page  34,  line  31,  leave out “registered providers” and insert “local

 

housing authorities”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 113.

 

Secretary Greg Clark

 

126

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  82,  page  34,  line  39,  leave out “registered provider” and insert “local

 

housing authority”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 113.

 



 
 

Notices of Amendments: 6 January 2016                  

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Housing and Planning Bill, continued

 
 

Secretary Greg Clark

 

127

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  83,  page  35,  line  16,  leave out “registered provider of social housing” and

 

insert “local housing authority”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 113.

 

Secretary Greg Clark

 

128

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  83,  page  35,  line  17,  leave out “increase” and insert “change”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on NC59.

 


 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

64

 

Clause  84,  page  35,  line  30,   leave out “estimated”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would establish that payments to the Secretary of State would not be made on an

 

estimation of income receipts.

 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

65

 

Clause  84,  page  35,  line  38,   leave out subsection (5)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would establish that it will not be possible for payments to be made to the

 

Secretary of State based on assumptions that are not borne out by reality.

 


 

Secretary Greg Clark

 

129

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  36,  line  3,  leave out Clause 86

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The enforcement powers in Chapter 4 of Part 4 were primarily aimed at private registered

 

providers. In light of amendment 113 they are no longer needed.

 



 
 

Notices of Amendments: 6 January 2016                  

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Housing and Planning Bill, continued

 
 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

105

 

Page  86,  line  1,  leave out Schedule 4

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To remove this schedule from the Bill.

 


 

Secretary Greg Clark

 

NC62

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Offence of contravening an overcrowding notice: level of fine

 

(1)    

Section 139 of the Housing Act 2004 (overcrowding notices) is amended as

 

follows.

 

(2)    

In subsection (7), omit “and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not

 

exceeding level 4 on the standard scale”.

 

(3)    

After subsection (7) insert—

 

“(7A)    

A person who commits an offence under subsection (7) in relation to

 

premises in England is liable on summary conviction to a fine.

 

(7B)    

A person who commits an offence under subsection (7) in relation to

 

premises in Wales is liable on summary conviction to a fine not

 

exceeding level 4 on the standard scale.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The maximum fine for contravening an overcrowding notice under section 139 of the Housing Act

 

2004 is currently a level 4 fine. This new clause would remove the restriction on the level of fine

 

that may be imposed where a conviction relates to premises in England. Where a conviction relates

 

to premises in Wales the maximum fine is unchanged.

 

 


 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

66

 

Page  37,  line  18,    leave out Chapter 5

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would enable councils to be free to manage flexibly tenancies in a way that drives

 

best value from stock whilst supporting strong local communities.

 



 
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