Housing Act 1966

Prohibition on persons interested voting as members of housing authority or certain committees.

115

115. (1) A person shall not vote as a member of a housing authority or any committee mentioned in section 110 of this Act upon any resolution or question which is proposed or arises in pursuance of this Act, if it relates to any house or other land in which he is beneficially interested and if, at the time of the vote on any such resolution or question, it is known to the person recording the vote that a member of the authority or committee is beneficially interested in any house or land to which the resolution or question relates, any vote of such member on the resolution or question shall be disregarded in determining the decision of the authority or committee on the resolution or question.

(2) A person to whom a dwelling provided under this Act is for the time being let by a housing authority, shall, for the purposes of this section, be deemed to be beneficially interested also in any other dwelling so provided and of which an authority are the owner.

(3) Any person who votes in contravention of this section shall—

( a) in case the person is a member of a housing authority or a member of a committee mentioned in section 110 of this Act—thereupon cease to be a member of the authority or the committee, as may be appropriate, and

( b) in case the person is a member of both a housing authority and such a committee—thereupon cease to be a member of both the authority and the committee,

and shall in either case be disqualified for being elected or chosen or being a member of the authority during the period which, but for the cessation of his membership under this section, would be the remainder of his term.

(4) Any person who votes in contravention of this section shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding fifty pounds.

(5) In case any person votes in contravention of this section or acts as a member of a housing authority or committee while disqualified for membership under this section, the fact of his giving the vote or so acting, as the case may be, shall not invalidate any resolution or proceeding of the authority or committee.