Amendments proposed to the Homes Bill, As Amended - continued House of Commons

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Mr Secretary Prescott

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Page     6,     line     2     [Clause     7],     at end insert—

    '(dd) the energy efficiency of the property;'.

   

Mr Archie Norman
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Tim Loughton
Mr David Curry
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown

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Page     6,     line     2     [Clause     7],     at end insert—

    '( ) an account of the suitability of the property for occupation by people with disabilities.'.

   

Mr Secretary Prescott

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Page     6,     line     13     [Clause     7],     leave out subsection (7) and insert—

    '(7) The regulations may require a prescribed document—

    (a) to be in such form as may be prescribed; and

    (b) to be prepared by a person of a prescribed description on such terms (if any) as may be prescribed.

    (7A) The terms mentioned in subsection (7)(b) may include terms which enable provisions of the contract under which the document is to be prepared to be enforced by—

    (a) a potential or actual buyer;

    (b) a mortgage lender; or

    (c) any other person involved in the sale of the property who is not a party to that contract.'.

   

Mr Secretary Prescott

42

Page     6,     line     24     [Clause     7],     at end insert—

    '( ) In this section "prescribed" means prescribed by regulations under this section.'.

   

Mr Archie Norman
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Tim Loughton
Mr David Curry
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown

9

Page     6,     line     24     [Clause     7],     at end insert—

    '(9) All the documents and information contained in the seller's packs shall be confidential to the seller, a person acting on his behalf as an estate agent and any bona fide buyer or potential buyer.'.

   

Mr Secretary Prescott

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Page     6,     line     26     [Clause     8],     leave out from 'document' to 'which' in line 27 and insert 'dealing with matters mentioned in section 7(5)(d) or (dd) (reports on physical condition or energy efficiency)'.

   

Mr Archie Norman
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Tim Loughton
Mr David Curry
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown

2

Page     6,     line     30     [Clause     8],     at end insert—

    '(     ) Regulations under section 7 shall specify that the home condition report will satisfy minimum criteria likely to be acceptable to mortgage lenders.'.


   

Mr Secretary Prescott

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Page     7,     line     3     [Clause     8],     leave out paragraph (c) and insert—

    '(c) for facilitating the resolution of complaints against members of the scheme;'.

   

Mr Archie Norman
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Tim Loughton
Mr David Curry
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown

10

Page     7,     line     13     [Clause     8],     at end insert—

    '(8) Sellers, buyers and lenders shall be entitled to bring proceedings in respect of a home condition report upon which they have relied in any transaction.'.

   

Mr Archie Norman
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Tim Loughton
Mr David Curry
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown

11

Page     7,     line     15     leave out Clause 9.


   

Mr Archie Norman
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Tim Loughton
Mr David Curry
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown

3

Page     8,     line     38     [Clause     13],     leave out subsection (3) and insert—

    '( ) A statutory instrument which contains regulations under this Part is not to be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.'.


   

Mr Secretary Prescott

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Page     9,     line     34     [Clause     15],     at end insert—

    '(2A) A document which is not in electronic form is only to be regarded as being under the control of a person while it is in the possession of another if he has the right to take immediate possession of the document on demand (and without payment).'.

   

Mr Secretary Prescott

45

Page     9,     line     36     [Clause     15],     after 'possession', insert 'or under his control'.


   

Mr Simon Hughes

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Page     10,     line     27     [Clause     16],     at end insert—

    '(8) In formulating its homelessness strategy, a local authority shall be required to show that its policies meet housing needs before meeting housing demands.'.

   

Mr Simon Hughes

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Page     10,     line     27     [Clause     16],     at end insert—

    '(8) A person with a history of self-harm shall from the date of implementation of this Act be considered vulnerable under the Housing Acts.'.

   

Mr Archie Norman
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Tim Loughton
Mr David Curry
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown

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Page     10,     line     30     [Clause     17],     after 'homelessness', insert 'including rough sleeping'.


   

Mr Archie Norman
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Tim Loughton
Mr David Curry
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown

19

Page     11,     line     45     [Clause     18],     after 'organisations', insert 'people living within the authority's area including those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.'.

   

Mr Archie Norman
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Tim Loughton
Mr David Curry
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown

15

Page     11,     line     46     [Clause     18],     at end insert 'to include organisations recognised by the Secretary of State as specialists in representing people with physical and mental disabilities.'.


   

Mr Simon Hughes

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Page     12,     line     31     [Clause     20],     at end insert—

    '(6A) People unable to stay in or who are obliged to leave the previous home owned or rented solely or jointly by them and where after relationship breakdown it is agreed that they are the partner to leave the home and the other partner will continue to live in the home are not to be held intentionally homeless.'.


   

Mr Secretary Prescott

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Page     14,     line     25,     leave out Clause 24.


   

Mr Secretary Prescott

47

Page     16,     line     37     [Clause     26],     leave out from 'person' to 'to' in line 40 and insert 'is an applicant for an allocation of housing accommodation shall not be divulged (without his consent)'.


   

Mr Simon Hughes

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Page     17,     line     6     [Clause     27],     after 'them', insert 'and—

    (c) a definition that a property shall be regarded as overcrowded for the purposes of the authority's housing policy if the number of people living and sleepiong in the property as their principal home is such as to prejudice the health or welfare of any of the permanent residents of the property.'.

   

Mr Archie Norman
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Tim Loughton
Mr David Curry
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown

16

Page     17,     line     24     [Clause     27],     at end insert 'to include particularly families with dependent children'.

   

Mr Simon Hughes

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Page     17,     line     24     [Clause     27],     at end insert 'in particular, to provide for those who need to be allocated new accommodation, whether or not they have previously been local authority tenants, either on the grounds that they are at risk for their mental or physical safety or that their rehousing is a precondition of them being able to give evidence in criminal proceedings.'.

   

Mr Simon Hughes

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Page     17,     line     24     [Clause     27],     at end insert—

    '( ) It shall be the duty of the local housing authority to provide or secure accommodation for people who need it for their personal protection within 28 days of a request by the police for such accommodation to be provided.'.

   

Mr Don Foster
Mr Tom Brake

21

Page     17     [Clause     27],     leave out lines 25 to 40 and insert—

    '(2A) A local housing authority may defer an allocation of housing accommodation to a person falling within section 160A(2) of this Act where they have reasonable grounds to believe that—

    (a) an allocation of housing accommodation to that person would cause significant hardship to other persons;

    (b) if allocated housing accommodation, a person would fail to comply with his obligations as a tenant, having regard to resources and services which may be available to that person in the authority's district (whether available from the authority or otherwise);

    (2B) An allocation of housing accommodation shall not be deferred in accordance with subsection (2A) above where to do so would be unreasonable having regard to all the circumstances and to the need of the person for an allocation.'.

   

Mr Archie Norman
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Tim Loughton
Mr David Curry
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown

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Page     17,     line     34     [Clause     27],     at end insert—

    '( ) any record of behaviour of a person (or a member of his household) which has affected the terms of a previous tenancy he has held.'.

   

Mr Simon Hughes

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Page     17,     line     34     [Clause     27],     at end insert—

    '(d) the length of time people have been occupying insanitary or overcrowded housing, or otherwise living in unsatisfactory conditions, or that they have needed to move on medical or welfare gronds, or who need to move to another locality.'.

 
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