Housing Act, 1966

Withholding or reduction in amount of grant.

35.—(1) Where, in the opinion of the Minister or a housing authority, as the case may be, a condition subject to which a grant under this Part of this Act has been allocated or a regulation applying in relation to the grant has not been complied with, the Minister or housing authority may withhold the grant or reduce the amount thereof by such sum as he or they consider appropriate.

(2) (a) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1) of this section, the Minister may under this section refuse to allocate, withhold or reduce a grant in respect of any house, flat or maisonette where the amount of the consideration which is being charged for the house, flat or maisonette, whether by way of purchase money, rent or otherwise, exceeds—

(i) in case a maximum consideration order is for the time being in force and applies to the house, flat or maisonette—the appropriate maximum amount fixed by the order, and

(ii) in any other case—the amount appearing to the Minister, after he has considered any representations which the grantee may think fit to make, to represent reasonable value.

(b) In the foregoing paragraph, “maximum consideration order” means an order made by the Minister fixing for the purposes of this subsection the maximum consideration for houses, flats or maisonettes.

(c) Any such order may be revoked or amended by a subsequent order.