Amendments proposed to the Housing Bill - continued House of Commons

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Mr Keith Hill

389

Schedule     7,     page     176,     line     38,     at end insert—

     '8A If the penalty charge notice is withdrawn or quashed, the authority shall repay any amount previously paid as a penalty charge in pursuance of the notice.

    8B (1) The amount of the penalty charge is recoverable from the recipient of the penalty charge notice as a debt owed to the authority unless—

            (a)   the notice has been withdrawn or quashed, or

            (b)   the charge has been paid.

    (2) Proceedings for the recovery of the penalty charge may not be commenced before the end of the period mentioned in paragraph 7(1).

    (3) And if within that period the recipient of the penalty charge notice gives notice to the authority that he wishes the authority to review the penalty charge notice, such proceedings may not be commenced—

            (a)   before the end of the period mentioned in paragraph 8(1), and

            (b)   where the recipient appeals against the penalty charge notice, before the end of the period of 28 days beginning with the day on which the appeal is withdrawn or determined.

     8C In proceedings for the recovery of the penalty charge, a certificate which—

            (a)   purports to be signed by or on behalf of the person having responsibility for the financial affairs of the enforcement authority; and

            (b)   states that payment of the penalty charge was or was not received by a date specified in the certificate;

    is evidence of the facts stated.'.


   

Mr John Hayes
Mr Robert Syms [R]
Mark Field

424

Page     92,     line     14,     leave out Clause 138.


   

Mr Keith Hill

377

Clause     139,     page     92,     line     22,     leave out subsections (1) to (4) and insert—

    '(1)   This section applies where a person ("the responsible person") has committed a breach of duty under section 128 by failing to comply with a request from a potential buyer of a residential property for a copy of a prescribed document.

    (2)   If the potential buyer commissions his own version of the prescribed document at a time when both of the conditions mentioned below are satisfied, he is entitled to recover from the responsible person any reasonable fee paid by him in order to obtain the document.

    (3)   The first condition is that—

      (a) the property is on the market; or

      (b) the potential buyer and the seller are attempting to reach an agreement for the sale of the property.

    (4)   The second condition is that the potential buyer has not been provided with an authentic copy of the prescribed document.'.

   

Mr Keith Hill

378

Clause     139,     page     92,     line     36,     leave out 'stood at the time the request was made' and insert 'stands at the time the copy is provided to the potential buyer'.

   

Mr Keith Hill

379

Clause     139,     page     93,     line     1,     leave out subsection (7).

   

Mr Keith Hill

380

Clause     139,     page     93,     line     7,     at end insert—

    '( )   It is immaterial for the purposes of this section that the request in question did not specify the prescribed document but was for a copy of the home information pack or a part of the pack which included (or ought to have included) that document.'.

   

Mr John Hayes
Mr Robert Syms [R]
Mark Field

425

Page     92,     line     21,     leave out Clause 139.


   

Mr Keith Hill

381

Clause     141,     page     93,     line     18,     at end insert '; but

      (ii) is available with vacant possession.'.

   

Mr Keith Hill

382

Clause     141,     page     93,     line     19,     leave out subsection (2) and insert—

    '(2)   This Part applies to the dwelling-houses mentioned in subsection (1)(a) (with any ancillary land) as if—

      (a) they were a residential property, and

      (b) section 131 were omitted.

    (2A)   Subsection (2) does not affect the application of this Part to any of those dwelling-houses which is available for sale (with any ancillary land) as a separate residential property.'.


   

Mr Edward Davey
Matthew Green
Richard Younger-Ross

371

Clause     144,     page     94,     line     41,     leave out 'only'.

   

Mr Edward Davey
Matthew Green
Richard Younger-Ross

372

Clause     144,     page     94,     line     42,     after 'if', insert '(and only if)'.


NEW CLAUSE RELATING TO PART 5

Estate agent licensing in relation to home information packs

   

Mr Edward Davey
Matthew Green
Richard Younger-Ross

NC38

To move the following Clause:—

       'The Office of Fair Trading shall develop and implement a licensing scheme for estate agents in relation to home information packs after appropriate consultation.'.


   

Mr John Hayes
Mr Robert Syms [R]
Mr Mark Field

447

Page     97,     line     23,     leave out Clause 147.


   

Matthew Green
Mr Edward Davey
Richard Younger-Ross

437

Clause     149,     page     100,     line     25,     leave out 'five' and insert 'six'.

   

Mr John Hayes
Mr Robert Syms [R]
Mr Mark Field

448

Clause     149,     page     100,     line     25,     leave out 'five' and insert 'ten'.

   

Mr John Hayes
Mr Robert Syms [R]
Mr Mark Field

449

Clause     149,     page     100,     line     26,     at end insert—

    '( )   A buyer will be exempt from the repayment of the discount after the specified period where there is a genuine need to alleviate potential hardship for reasons of severe illness, sudden bereavement or any other extenuating circumstances'.

   

Matthew Green
Mr Edward Davey
Richard Younger-Ross

438

Clause     149,     page     100,     line     31,     leave out 'five' and insert 'six'.

   

Mr John Hayes
Mr Robert Syms [R]
Mr Mark Field

450

Clause     149,     page     100,     line     31,     leave out 'five' and insert 'ten'.

   

Mr John Hayes
Mr Robert Syms [R]
Mr Mark Field

451

Clause     149,     page     100,     line     34,     leave out 'five' and insert 'ten'.

   

Matthew Green
Mr Edward Davey
Richard Younger-Ross

439

Clause     149,     page     101,     line     5,     leave out 'fifth' and insert 'sixth'.

   

Matthew Green
Mr Edward Davey
Richard Younger-Ross

440

Clause     149,     page     101,     line     17,     leave out 'fifth' and insert 'sixth'.


   

Mr Keith Hill

396

Clause     152,     page     103,     line     26,     at end insert ', which shall be binding on the secure tenant and his successors in title.

       This is subject to subsection (7A).'.

   

Mr Keith Hill

397

Clause     152,     page     103,     leave out line 33 and insert 'are prescribed by regulations under this section at the time when the conveyance or grant is made.'.

   

Mr John Hayes
Mr Robert Syms [R]
Mr Mark Field

452

Clause     152,     page     104,     line     24,     at end insert—

    '(i)   for the amount of the offer to be determined by an independent valuer or the district valuer'.

   

Mr Keith Hill

398

Clause     152,     page     104,     line     27,     at end insert—

    '(7A)   In a case to which section 157(1) applies—

      (a) the conveyance or grant may contain a covenant such as is mentioned in subsections (1) and (2) above instead of a covenant such as is mentioned in section 157(1), but

      (b) it may do so only if the Secretary of State or, where the conveyance or grant is executed by a housing association within section 6A(3) or (4), the Relevant Authority consents.

    (7B)   Consent may be given in relation to—

      (a) a particular disposal, or

      (b) disposals by a particular landlord or disposals by landlords generally,

       and may, in any case, be given subject to conditions.'.

   

Mr Keith Hill

399

Clause     152,     page     104,     line     37,     leave out from 'etc.)' to 'subsections' in line 39 and insert '—

      (a) in subsection (1), after "the conveyance or grant may" insert "(subject to section 156A(7A)";

      (b) in subsection (2), omit the words ", subject to subsection (4),"; and

      (c) omit'.

   

Mr Keith Hill

400

Clause     152,     page     105,     line     2,     at end insert—

      '(ba) in subsection (2), for "or surrendered" substitute ", conveyed, surrendered or assigned";'.

   

Mr Keith Hill

401

Clause     152,     page     105,     line     7,     at end insert—

    '(3A)   In section 162 of that Act (exempted disposals which end liability under covenants), after paragraph (a) insert—

          "(aa) the covenant required by section 156A (right of first refusal for landlord etc.) is not binding on the person to whom the disposal is made or any successor in title of his, and that covenant ceases to apply in relation to the property disposed of, and".'.


   

Matthew Green
Mr Edward Davey
Richard Younger-Ross

435

Clause     153,     page     105,     line     30,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   The National Authority may by order designate rural areas as exempt from the Right to Buy scheme.'.

 
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