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52Right to adapt rented housesS

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(1)This section applies to any tenancy of a house let for human habitation (other than a Scottish secure tenancy or a short Scottish secure tenancy).

(2)The tenant in a tenancy to which this section applies may carry out any work in the house—

(a)which the tenant considers necessary for the purpose of making the house suitable for the accommodation, welfare or employment of any disabled person who occupies, or intends to occupy, the house as a sole or main residence, or

(b)in respect of which a grant is payable in accordance with regulations made under section 15(1)(a) (grants for improving energy efficiency of houses) of the Social Security Act 1990 (c. 27).

(3)But a tenant is not entitled to exercise the right set out in subsection (2) without the consent of the landlord, which must not be unreasonably withheld.

(4)An application for consent to carry out work in pursuance of subsection (2) must specify the work which the tenant proposes to carry out.

(5)The landlord may, on receipt of such an application—

(a)consent,

(b)consent subject to such reasonable conditions as the landlord may impose, or

(c)refuse consent, provided that it is not refused unreasonably.

(6)The landlord must, within one month of receipt of such an application, serve notice of the landlord's decision on the applicant.

(7)That notice must—

(a)where the landlord gives consent subject to conditions, set out those conditions and the reasons for imposing them,

(b)where the landlord refuses consent, set out the reason for refusal, and

(c)in either of those cases, explain the procedure for appealing the decision to impose conditions or, as the case may be, refuse consent.

(8)Where a landlord fails to comply with subsection (6)—

(a)the landlord is to be treated as having decided to refuse consent, and

(b)notice of such refusal is to be treated as having been served on the applicant on the last day of the period mentioned in that subsection.

(9)The terms of a tenancy, and of any other agreement between the landlord and the tenant in any tenancy, are of no effect in so far as they purport to negate or modify the effect of this section.

(10)Nothing in this section entitles a tenant to carry out work for which the consent or other approval of any person is required under any other enactment unless that consent or approval has been given.

(11)Where it is for the landlord to obtain any such consent or approval, the landlord must, if requested to do so by the tenant, take reasonable steps for the purposes of doing so (and may recover any expenses incurred in doing so from the tenant).

(12)But the need for any such consent or approval by any person other than the landlord is not, of itself, a reasonable ground on which the landlord may impose any condition under subsection (5)(b) or, as the case may be, refuse consent under subsection (5)(c).

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