New Clause 25 - Power of local housing authority to require information from any person

Renters (Reform) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 3:00 pm ar 28 Tachwedd 2023.

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“(1) Where an officer of a local housing authority reasonably suspects that there has been a breach of, or an offence under, the rented accommodation legislation, the officer may for a purpose mentioned in subsection (2) give notice to any person requiring the person to provide the local housing authority or an officer with information specified in the notice.

(2) The purposes are—

(a) investigating whether there has been a breach of, or an offence under, the rented accommodation legislation, or

(b) determining the amount of a penalty under that legislation.

(3) In this Chapter ‘the rented accommodation legislation’ means—

sections 1 and 1A of the Protection from Eviction Act 1977;

Chapter 1 of Part 1 of the Housing Act 1988;

Parts 1 to 4 and 7 of the Housing Act 2004 so far as relating to qualifying residential premises within the meaning given by section 2B of that Act;

section 83(1) or 84(1) of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013;

sections 21 to 23 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016;

Chapter 2A of Part 1 and Part 2 of this Act.

(4) A notice under this section must be in writing and must specify that it is given under this section.

(5) The notice may specify—

(a) the time within which and the manner in which the person to whom it is given must comply with it;

(b) the form in which information must be provided.

(6) The notice may require—

(a) the creation of documents, or documents of a description, specified in the notice, and

(b) the provision of those documents to an enforcement authority or officer.

(7) The notice must include information about the possible consequences of not complying with a notice under this section.

(8) A requirement to provide information or create a document is a requirement to do so in a legible form.”—

This new clause confers a power on local housing authorities to require information from any person for the purposes of investigating whether there has been a breach of, or an offence under, “the rented accommodation legislation”, as defined in the clause, or determining the amount of a penalty under that legislation.

Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.