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Energy Conservation (Housing) Bill

This is the text of the Energy Conservation (Housing) Bill, as presented to the House of Commons on 20th December 1999.

 
 
  
Energy Conservation (Housing) Bill
 
 
 
 
ARRANGEMENT OF CLAUSES
Clause 
1.Issue of guidance to registered social landlords and registered housing associations.
2.Energy conservation reports.
3.Guidance as to requests for information.
4.Short title, commencement and extent.
 


 

 
 
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Make further provision for energy conservation related to housing; and for connected purposes.

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-
 

Issue of guidance to registered social landlords and registered housing associations.     1. In section 36 of the Housing Act 1996 (issue of guidance by the Corporation), after paragraph (d) of subsection (2) there is inserted-
 
 
    "(da) standards of energy efficiency and the means of achieving those standards;".
Energy conservation reports.     2. - (1) After section 2 of the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995 (energy conservation reports) there is inserted-
 
 
"Provision of information by registered social landlords and registered housing associations.     2A. - (1) For the purposes of preparing or modifying a report under this Act, an energy conservation authority may request from a relevant body information regarding the energy efficiency of any relevant residential accommodation, other than houses let on long leases to persons other than other relevant bodies.
 
    (2) In subsection (1) "relevant residential accommodation", in relation to a relevant body, means-
 
 
    (a) any residential accommodation in respect of which the relevant body owes an obligation to another person to repair any part of the structure, or
 
    (b) any other residential accommodation-
 
      (i) in which the relevant body has the freehold interest, or
 
      (ii) which the relevant body holds under a lease and in which no other relevant body holds any superior interest,
 
    except accommodation in respect of which one or more other relevant bodies are under an obligation which is, or obligations which taken together amount to, an obligation to repair the whole of the structure.
      (3) A relevant body shall comply with a request made under subsection (1) so far as it relates to information which is in its possession at the time of the making of the request.
 
      (4) In considering whether action needs to be taken to secure the proper management of the affairs of a relevant body or whether there has been mismanagement, the Corporation may have regard to the extent to which the relevant body has complied with its obligations under subsection (3).
 
      (5) In this section-
 
 
    "the Corporation" means the Housing Corporation or Housing for Wales;
 
    "house" has the same meaning as in section 183(2) of the Housing Act 1985;
 
    "long lease" means a lease falling within paragraph (a), (b), (c) or (e) of the definition of "long lease" in section 7(1) of the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993; and
 
    "relevant body" means a registered social landlord within the meaning of the Housing Act 1996.".
      (2) In section 6 of that Act (supplementary provisions), in subsection (2) for "or" there is substituted "and nothing in this Act, apart from section 2A,".
 
Guidance as to requests for information.     3. - (1) Section 4 of the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995 (guidance by the Secretary of State) is amended as follows.
 
      (2) In subsection (2) for the words "what improvements in energy efficiency are to be regarded as significant" there is substituted-
 
 
    "(a) what improvements in energy efficiency are to be regarded as significant,
 
    (b) the categories of information which an energy conservation authority may request under section 2A(1),
 
    (c) the form in which such a request is to be made, and
 
    (d) the minimum period within which an energy conservation authority may require a reply to such a request to be given.".
Short title, commencement and extent.     4. - (1) This Act may be cited as the Energy Conservation (Housing) Act 2000.
 
      (2) This Act, except this section, shall come into force-
 
 
    (a) in England, on such day as the Secretary of State, and
 
    (b) in Wales, on such day as the National Assembly for Wales
  may by order made by statutory instrument appoint; and different days may be appointed for different purposes or different areas.
 
      (3) This Act extends to England and Wales only.
 
 

 
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