New Clause 44 - Use by local housing authority of information obtained for other statutory purposes

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

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“(1) Section 212A of the Housing Act 2004 (tenancy deposit schemes: provision of information to local authorities) is amended in accordance with subsections (2) and (3).

(2) In subsection (5), after paragraph (a) (but before the ‘or’ at the end) insert—

‘(aa) for a purpose connected with the exercise of the authority’s functions under or by virtue of Part 7 in relation to any qualifying residential premises within the meaning given by section 2B,

(ab) for a purpose connected with the authority’s functions under or by virtue of the following in relation to any premises—

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

Chapter 1 of Part 1 of the Housing Act 1988,

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

sections 21 to 23, 41 and 133 to 135 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016,

Chapter 2A of Part 1 and Part 2 of the Renters (Reform) Act 2024.’.

(3) In subsection (5), in paragraph (b), for ‘of those Parts in relation to any premises’ substitute ‘provision mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (ab) in relation to premises or qualifying residential premises (as the case may be)’.

(4) Section 237 of the Housing Act 2004 (use of housing benefit and council tax information for certain other statutory purposes) is amended in accordance with subsections (5) and (6).

(5) In subsection (1), after paragraph (a) (but before the ‘or’ at the end) insert—

“(aa) for any purpose connected with the exercise of any of the authority’s functions under or by virtue of Part 7 in relation to any qualifying residential premises within the meaning given by section 2B,

(ab) for any purpose connected with any of the authority’s functions under or by virtue of the following in relation to any premises—

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

Chapter 1 of Part 1 of the Housing Act 1988,

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

sections 21 to 23, 41 and 133 to 135 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016,

Chapter 2A of Part 1 and Part 2 of the Renters (Reform) Act 2024.”.

(6) In subsection (1), in paragraph (b), for ‘of those Parts in relation to any premises’ substitute ‘provision mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (ab) in relation to premises or qualifying residential premises (as the case may be).’”—

This new clause expands the purposes for which tenancy deposit scheme, housing benefit and council tax information can be used to cover purposes connected with certain legislation relating to renting.

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