Amendments proposed to the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Bill [Lords], As Amended - continued House of Commons

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Ms Sally Keeble

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Page     81,     line     39     [Clause     161],     leave out 'a nominated' and insert 'the landlord's'.


   

Ms Sally Keeble

54

Page     82,     line     3     [Clause     161],     leave out 'a nominated' and insert 'the landlord's'.


   

Mr William Cash
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Andrew Selous
Mr John Taylor
Mr Bill Wiggin
Dr Julian Lewis

70

*Page     83,     line     30     [Clause     162],     leave out 'must be in a prescribed form' and insert 'must contain such information as may be prescribed'.


GOVERNMENT NEW CLAUSES 9, 10, 11 AND OTHER NEW CLAUSES RELATING TO FORFEITURE OF LEASES

Failure to pay small amount for short period
   

Ms Sally Keeble

NC9

To move the following Clause:—

          '(1)   A landlord under a long lease of a dwelling may not exercise a right of re-entry or forfeiture for failure by a tenant to pay an amount consisting of rent, service charges or administration charges (or a combination of them) ("the unpaid amount") unless the unpaid amount—

          (a) exceeds the prescribed sum, or

          (b) consists of or includes an amount which has been payable for more than a prescribed period.

          (2)   The sum prescribed under subsection (1)(a) must not exceed £500.

          (3)   If the unpaid amount includes a default charge, it is to be treated for the purposes of subsection (1)(a) as reduced by the amount of the charge; and for this purpose "default charge" means an administration charge payable in respect of the tenant's failure to pay any part of the unpaid amount.

          (4)   In this section "long lease of a dwelling" does not include—

          (a) a tenancy to which Part 2 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (c. 56) (business tenancies) applies,

          (b) a tenancy of an agricultural holding within the meaning of the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 (c. 5) in relation to which that Act applies, or

          (c) a farm business tenancy within the meaning of the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 (c. 8).

          (5)   In this section—

          "administration charge" has the same meaning as in Part 1 of Schedule 11,

          "dwelling" has the same meaning as in the 1985 Act,

          "landlord" and "tenant" have the same meaning as in Chapter 1 of this Part,

          "long lease" has the meaning given by sections 76 and 77 of this Act, except that a shared ownership lease is a long lease whatever the tenant's total share,

          "prescribed" means prescribed by regulations made by the appropriate national authority, and

          "service charge" has the meaning given by section 18(1) of the 1985 Act.'.


Power to prescribe additional or different requirements

   

Ms Sally Keeble

NC10

To move the following Clause:—

          '(1)   The appropriate national authority may by regulations prescribe requirements which must be met before a right of re-entry or forfeiture may be exercised in relation to a breach of a covenant or condition in a long lease of an unmortgaged dwelling.

          (2)   The regulations may specify that the requirements are to be in addition to, or instead of, requirements imposed otherwise than by the regulations.

          (3)   In this section "long lease of a dwelling" does not include—

          (a) a tenancy to which Part 2 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (c. 56) (business tenancies) applies,

          (b) a tenancy of an agricultural holding within the meaning of the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 (c. 5) in relation to which that Act applies, or

          (c) a farm business tenancy within the meaning of the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 (c. 8).

          (4)   For the purposes of this section a dwelling is unmortgaged if it is not subject to a mortgage, charge or lien.

          (5)   In this section—

      "dwelling" has the same meaning as in the 1985 Act, and"long lease" has the meaning given by sections 76 and 77 of this Act, except that a shared ownership lease is a long lease whatever the tenant's total share.'.


Notice to accompany demands for service charges

   

Ms Sally Keeble

NC11

To move the following Clause:—

       'After section 21A of the 1985 Act (inserted by section 151) insert—

    "21B   Notice to accompany demands for service charges

    (1)   A demand for the payment of a service charge must be accompanied by a summary of the rights and obligations of tenants of dwellings in relation to service charges.

    (2)   The Secretary of State may make regulations prescribing requirements as to the form and content of such summaries of rights and obligations.

    (3)   A tenant may withhold payment of a service charge which has been demanded from him if subsection (1) is not complied with in relation to the demand.

    (4)   Where a tenant withholds a service charge under this section, any provisions of the lease relating to non-payment or late payment of service charges do not have effect in relation to the period for which he so withholds it.

    (5)   Regulations under subsection (2) may make different provision for different purposes.

    (6)   Regulations under subsection (2) shall be made by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.".'.


Abolition of forfeiture
   

Mr Adrian Sanders
Sue Doughty
Dr Brian Iddon
Paul Flynn
Mr Barry Gardiner
Mr Terry Lewis

Lynne Jones

NC3

To move the following Clause:—

       'A right of re-entry or forfeiture under any proviso or stipulation in a lease of a dwelling for a breach of covenant or condition in the lease shall not be enforceable by action or otherwise.'.


Balance of proceeds of forfeiture to be paid to leaseholder
   

Dr Brian Iddon
Mr Kelvin Hopkins

NC6

To move the following Clause:—

    '( )   Where a forfeiture action is successful, after deduction of all debts any balance shall be paid to the leaseholder.'.


Restrictions on and relief against forfeiture of leases and underleases
   

Dr Brian Iddon
Mr Kelvin Hopkins

NC8

To move the following Clause:—

       '. In section 146 of the Law of Property Act 1925 (c. 20) (restriction on forfeiture) there is inserted—

          "(4A)   Where the court has made an order for forfeiture pursuant to subsections (1) to (4) above, any balance remaining after the payment of the lessee's debts owed to the lessor shall be paid to the lessee".'.


   

Dr Brian Iddon

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Page     84,     line     14,     leave out Clause 163.

   

Dr Brian Iddon

27

Page     84,     line     39,     leave out Clause 164.


   

Dr Brian Iddon

28

Page     85,     line     43,     leave out Clause 165.


   

Mr William Cash
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Andrew Selous
Mr John Taylor
Mr Bill Wiggin
Dr Julian Lewis

67

*Page     86,     line     1     [Clause     165],     after '(1)', insert—

      '(a) for the words "exercise a right of re-entry or forfeiture" substitute "enforce a landlord's charge"; and

      (b)'. 

   

Mr William Cash
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Andrew Selous
Mr John Taylor
Mr Bill Wiggin
Dr Julian Lewis

64

*Page     86,     line     9     [Clause     165],     leave out 'exercise a right of re-entry or forfeiture' and insert 'enforce a landlord's charge.'.

   

Mr William Cash
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Andrew Selous
Mr John Taylor
Mr Bill Wiggin
Dr Julian Lewis

63

*Page     86,     line     27     [Clause     165],     leave out subsection (5).


   

Ms Sally Keeble

55

Page     87,     line     17     [Clause     166],     leave out '162' and insert '161'.

   

Ms Sally Keeble

61

*Page     87,     line     17     [Clause     166],     at end insert 'and sections (Failure to pay small amount for short period) and (Power to prescribe additional or different requirements).'.


   

Mr William Cash
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Andrew Selous
Mr John Taylor
Mr Bill Wiggin
Dr Julian Lewis

69

*Page     127     [Schedule     12],     leave out lines 36 to 39.


   

Ms Sally Keeble

56

Page     129,     line     21     [Schedule     12],     after 'proceedings' insert 'by a determination under this paragraph'.


   

Ms Sally Keeble

57

Page     88,     line     22     [Clause     169],     at end insert—

    '(5A)   The Lands Tribunal may not order a party to the appeal to pay costs incurred by another party in connection with the appeal unless he has, in the opinion of the Lands Tribunal, acted frivolously, vexatiously, abusively, disruptively or otherwise unreasonably in connection with the appeal.

    (5B)   In such a case the amount he may be ordered to pay shall not exceed the maximum amount which a party to proceedings before a leasehold valuation tribunal may be ordered to pay in the proceedings under or by virtue of paragraph 10(3) of Schedule 12.'.


   

Mr William Cash
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Andrew Selous
Mr John Taylor
Mr Bill Wiggin
Dr Julian Lewis

65

*Page     129,     line     35     [Schedule     13],     after 'amendments', insert—

    '1A.   In section 1AA(3) after "Secretary of State" insert:

      "(aa) the tenancy was granted for a term of years certain not exceeding 80 years.".'.

 
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