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Committee (1st Day)

Part of Housing and Planning Bill – in the House of Lords at 7:15 pm on 9th February 2016.

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Photo of Lord O'Shaughnessy Lord O'Shaughnessy Conservative 7:15 pm, 9th February 2016

That is a perfectly good question. I was going to end by talking about the voluntary arrangements that have been discussed in both this area of registration and with the Housing Ombudsman. However, the amendment of my noble friend Lord Flight points to a simpler, lower-impact and more elegant way of gaining the information that we are after. Every time there is a change of tenancy or of ownership is precisely the point at which a new registration would have to be made. I do not believe you would need to send out forms every year; you would just need them when the occupancy or the ownership changed. That would provide a rolling database of the information that local authorities need.