New Clause 12 — Shared ownership leases: protection for certain leases

Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 8:15 pm on 31st March 2008.

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'(1) After paragraph 3 of Schedule 4A to the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 (c. 88) (exclusion from enfranchisement for certain shared ownership leases granted by housing associations) insert—

"3A (1) A lease which does not fall within paragraph 3 is excluded from the operation of this Part of this Act if the lease—

(a) meets the conditions mentioned in sub-paragraph (2);

(b) meets any other prescribed conditions; and

(c) does not fall within any prescribed exemptions.

(2) The conditions referred to in sub-paragraph (1)(a) are that the lease—

(a) was granted for a term of 99 years or more and is not (and cannot become) terminable except in pursuance of a provision for re-entry or forfeiture;

(b) was granted at a premium, calculated by reference to the value of the house or the cost of providing it, of not less than 25 per cent, or such other percentage as may be prescribed, of the figure by reference to which it was calculated;

(c) provides for the tenant to acquire additional shares in the house on terms specified in the lease and complying with such requirements as may be prescribed;

(d) does not restrict the tenant's powers to mortgage or charge his interest in the house;

(e) if it enables the landlord to require payment for outstanding shares in the house, does so only in such circumstances as may be prescribed;

(f) provides for the tenant to acquire the landlord's interest on terms specified in the lease and complying with such requirements as may be prescribed; and

(g) states the landlord's opinion that by virtue of this paragraph the lease is excluded from the operation of this Part of this Act.

(3) In any proceedings the court may, if it considers that it is just and equitable to do so, treat a lease as meeting the conditions mentioned in sub-paragraph (2) despite the fact that the condition specified in paragraph (g) of that sub-paragraph is not met.

Certain leases for the elderly".

(2) For the italic heading before paragraph 3 of that Schedule to that Act substitute—

"Certain housing association and other leases"'.— [Alison Seabeck.]

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

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