1 Title, commencement and application

(1)    The title of these Regulations is the Right to Manage (Prescribed Particulars and Forms) (Wales) Regulations 2011 and they come into force on 30 November 2011.

(2)    These Regulations apply in relation to premises in Wales.

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Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 30 November 2011: see para (1) above.

2 Interpretation

2Interpretation

In these Regulations—

“the 2002 Act” (“Deddf 2002”) means the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002;

“landlord”, (“landlord”) in relation to RTM premises, means a person who is landlord under a lease of the whole or any part of the premises;

“RTM premises” (“mangre RTM”) means premises as regards which a Right to Manage company (“RTM company”) intends to acquire the right to manage;

“third party” (“trydydd parti”), in relation to RTM premises, means a person who is party to a lease of the whole or any part of the premises otherwise than as landlord or tenant.

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Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 30 November 2011: see reg 1(1).

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3 Additional content of notice of invitation to participate

3Additional content of notice of invitation to participate

(1)    A notice of invitation to participate must contain, in addition to the statements and information referred to in section 78(2)(a) to (c) of the 2002 Act (notice inviting participation), the particulars mentioned in paragraph (2).

(2)    The particulars referred to in paragraph (1) are—

(a)    the RTM company's registered number, the address of its registered office and the names of its directors and, if applicable, secretary;

(b)    the names of the landlord and any third party;

(c)    a statement that, subject to the exclusions mentioned in sub-paragraph (e), if the right to manage is acquired by the RTM company, the company will be responsible for—

(i)    the discharge of the landlord's duties under the lease; and

(ii)    the exercise of his or her powers under the lease,

with respect to services, repairs, maintenance, improvements, insurance and management;

(d)    a statement that, subject to the exclusion mentioned in sub-paragraph (e)(ii), if the right to manage is acquired by the RTM company, the company may enforce untransferred tenant covenants;

(e)    a statement that, if the right to manage is acquired by the RTM company, the company will not be responsible for the discharge of the landlord's duties or the exercise of his or her powers under the lease—

(i)    with respect to a matter concerning only a part of the premises consisting of a flat or other unit not subject to a lease held by a qualifying tenant; or

(ii)    relating to re-entry or forfeiture;

(f)    a statement that, if the right to manage is acquired by the RTM company, the company will have functions under the statutory provisions referred to in Schedule 7 to the 2002 Act;

(g)    a statement that the RTM company intends or, as the case may be, does not intend, to appoint a managing agent; and—

(i)    if it does so intend, a statement—

(aa)    of the name and address of the proposed managing agent (if known); and

(bb)    if it is the case, that the person is the landlord's managing agent; or

(ii)    if it does not so intend, the qualifications or experience (if any) of the existing members of the RTM company in relation to the management of residential property;

(h)    a statement that, where the RTM company gives a claim notice, a person who is or has been a member of the company may be liable for costs incurred by the landlord and others in consequence of the notice;

(i)    a statement that, if the recipient of the notice (of invitation to participate) does not fully understand its purpose or implications, he or she is advised to seek professional help; and

(j)    the information provided in the notes to the form set out in Schedule 1 to these Regulations.

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Initial Commencement
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Specified date: 30 November 2011: see reg 1(1).

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4 Additional content of claim notice

4Additional content of claim notice

A claim notice must contain, in addition to the particulars required by section 80(2) to (7) (contents of claim notice) of the 2002 Act—

(a)    a statement that a person who—

(i)    does not dispute the RTM company's entitlement to acquire the right to manage; and

(ii)    is the manager party under a management contract subsisting immediately before the date specified in the claim notice,

must, in accordance with section 92 of the 2002 Act (duties to give notice of contracts), give a notice to the RTM company and to the person who is the contractor party;

(b)    a statement that, from the acquisition date, landlords under leases of the whole or any part of the premises to which the claim notice relates are entitled to be members of the RTM company;

(c)    a statement that the notice is not invalidated by any inaccuracy in any of the particulars required by section 80(2) to (7) of the 2002 Act or this regulation, but that a person who is of the opinion that any of the particulars contained in the claim notice are inaccurate may—

(i)    identify the particulars in question to the RTM company by which the notice was given; and

(ii)    indicate the respects in which they are considered to be inaccurate;

(d)    a statement that a person who receives the notice but does not fully understand its purpose, is advised to seek professional help; and

(e)    the information provided in the notes to the form set out in Schedule 2 to these Regulations.

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Specified date: 30 November 2011: see reg 1(1).

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5 Additional content of counter-notice

5Additional content of counter-notice

A counter-notice must contain (in addition to the statement referred to in section 84(2(a) and (b) (counter-notices) of the 2002 Act)—

(a)    a statement that, where the RTM company has been given one or more counter-notices containing such a statement as is mentioned in section 84(2)(b) of the 2002 Act, the company may apply to a leasehold valuation tribunal for a determination that, on the date on which notice of the claim was given, the company was entitled to acquire the right to manage the premises specified in the claim notice;

(b)    a statement that, where the RTM company has been given one or more counter-notices containing such a statement as is mentioned in section 84(2)(b) of the 2002 Act, the company does not acquire the right to manage the premises specified in the claim notice unless—

(i)    on an application to a leasehold valuation tribunal, it is finally determined that the company was entitled to acquire the right to manage the premises; or

(ii)    the person by whom the counter-notice was given agrees, or the persons by whom the counter-notices were given agree, in writing, that the company was so entitled; and

(c)    the information provided in the notes to the form set out in Schedule 3 to these Regulations.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 30 November 2011: see reg 1(1).

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6 Additional content of contractor notice

6Additional content of contractor notice

(1)    A contractor notice must contain (in addition to the particulars referred to in paragraphs (a) to (d) of section 92(3) (duties to give notice of contracts) of the 2002 Act) the statement that, should the person to whom the notice is given wish to provide to the RTM company services which, as the contractor party, it has provided to the manager party under the contract, it is advised to contact the RTM company at the address given in the notice; and

(2)    the information provided in the notes to the form set out in Schedule 4 to these Regulations.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 30 November 2011: see reg 1(1).

7 Additional content of contract notice

7Additional content of contract notice

A contract notice must contain (in addition to the particulars referred to in section 92(7)(a) of the 2002 Act)—

(a)    the address of the person who is the contractor party, or sub-contractor party, under the contract of which particulars are given in the notice;

(b)    a statement that, should the RTM company wish to avail itself of the services which the contractor party, or sub-contractor party, has provided to the manager party under that contract, it is advised to contact the contractor party, or sub-contractor party, at the address given in the notice; and

(c)    The information provided in the notes to the form set out in Schedule 5 to these Regulations.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 30 November 2011: see reg 1(1).

8 Form of notices

8Form of notices

(1)    Notices of invitation to participate must be in the form set out in Schedule 1 to these Regulations or a form to the like effect provided that it contains all of the prescribed particulars as set out in regulation 3.

(2)    Claim notices must be in the form set out in Schedule 2 to these Regulations or a form to the like effect provided that it contains all of the prescribed particulars as set out in regulation 4.

(3)    Counter-notices must be in the form set out in Schedule 3 to these Regulations or a form to the like effect provided that it contains all of the prescribed particulars as set out in regulation 5.

(4)    Contractor notices must be in the form set out in Schedule 4 to these Regulations or a form to the like effect provided that it contains all of the prescribed particulars as set out in regulation 6.

(5)    Contract notices must be in the form set out in Schedule 5 to these Regulations or a form to the like effect provided that it contains all of the prescribed particulars as set out in regulation 7.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 30 November 2011: see reg 1(1).

9 Revocations and transitional provisions

9Revocations and transitional provisions

(1)    The Right to Manage (Prescribed Particulars and Forms) (Wales) Regulations 2004 (“the 2004 Regulations”) are revoked.

(2)    Any notice served under the 2004 Regulations will be treated on or after the coming into force of these Regulations as if it had been served under them.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 30 November 2011: see reg 1(1).

Signature

Huw Lewis

Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage, one of the Welsh Ministers

5 November 2011

SCHEDULE 1 Form of Notice of Invitation to Participate

SCHEDULE 1Form of Notice of Invitation to Participate Regulations 3 and 8(1)
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Specified date: 30 November 2011: see reg 1(1).

SCHEDULE 2 Form of Claim Notice

SCHEDULE 2Form of Claim Notice Regulations 4 and 8(2)
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Specified date: 30 November 2011: see reg 1(1).

SCHEDULE 3 Form of Counter-Notice

SCHEDULE 3Form of Counter-Notice Regulations 5 and 8(3)
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Specified date: 30 November 2011: see reg 1(1).

SCHEDULE 4 Form of Contractor Notice

SCHEDULE 4Form of Contractor Notice Regulation 6 and 8(4)
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Specified date: 30 November 2011: see reg 1(1).

SCHEDULE 5 Form of Contract Notice

SCHEDULE 5Form of Contract Notice Regulation 7 and 8(5)
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Specified date: 30 November 2011: see reg 1(1).

EXPLANATORY NOTE

EXPLANATORY NOTE (This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations supplement Chapter 1 of Part 2 of the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 (“the 2002 Act”). That Chapter makes provision for the acquisition and exercise of rights in relation to the management of premises to which the Chapter applies by a company which may acquire and exercise those rights (known as a Right to Manage company or “RTM company”).

It was decided to revoke and replace rather than amend the existing Regulations, the Right to Manage (Prescribed Particulars and Forms) (Wales) Regulations 2004 (SI 2004/678). This was due to the fact that the Welsh Ministers recognised that these Regulations are likely to be used by people who do not have access to professional advice. The Welsh Ministers consider that it would be confusing for applicants to access two sets of regulations in order to set up their RTM company.

Before a RTM company can acquire the right to manage premises, it must give notice (“notice of invitation to participate”) to those tenants of flats contained in the premises who are “qualifying tenants” (see section 75 of the 2002 Act) of its intention to acquire the right. The notice must invite its recipients to become members of the RTM company. Regulation 3, to which Schedule 1 is also relevant, prescribes requirements, in addition to those specified in section 78 of the 2002 Act, as regards the contents of the notice.

Once the RTM company has given notice of invitation to participate, it may make a claim to acquire the right to manage. The claim is required to be made by notice (“claim notice”), which is to be given to each person who is—

(a)    a landlord under a lease of the whole or any part of the premises to which the notice relates;

(b)    party to such a lease otherwise than as landlord or tenant; or

(c)    a manager appointed under Part 2 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 to act in relation to the premises, or any premises containing or contained in the premises.

Regulation 4, to which Schedule 2 to these Regulations is also relevant, prescribes requirements as regards the contents of the claim notice in addition to those specified in section 80 of the 2002 Act.

A person who receives a claim notice may respond by giving the RTM company a counter-notice, in which the RTM company's claim is either admitted or opposed. Regulation 5, to which Schedule 3 to these Regulations is also relevant, prescribes requirements as regards the contents of the counter notice. These are in addition to those specified in section 84 of the 2002 Act.

If a person who is entitled to receive a claim notice is also party to a contract under which the other party to the contract agrees to provide services, or do other things, in connection with any matter relating to a function that will be the function of the RTM company once it acquires the right to manage the premises, that person must give notice to the other party to the contract (“contractor notice”) and to the RTM company (“contract notice”). Regulations 6 and 7, to which Schedules 4 and 5 apply respectively, prescribe requirements, in addition to those specified in section 92 of the Act, as regards contractor notices and contract notices.

Regulation 8 introduces the Schedules which provide template forms for the invitation to participate, claim notice, counter-notice, contractor notice and contract notices. Regulation 8 allows forms to the like effect to be used, provided they contain the relevant prescribed particulars.

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