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Ground Rents Act (Northern Ireland) 2001

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Interpretation: “dwelling-house”N.I.

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29.—(1) In this Act “dwelling-house” means land used wholly for the purposes of a private dwelling (and, for the purposes of this Act, land is so used if it comprises or includes a building constructed or adapted for those purposes and (subject to subsection (2)) is not used for any other purpose).

(2) For the purposes of this Act land is not to be treated as used otherwise than wholly for the purposes of a private dwelling by reason only of one or more than one of the following circumstances—

(a)that one or more than one room on the land suitable for being used for letting singly for residential purposes is so let, whether by way of a tenancy or of a licence and whether with or without board or other services or facilities (so long as all, or substantially all, such rooms are not so let);

(b)that the land includes a garage, outhouse, garden, yard, court, forecourt or other appurtenance which is not used, or not used wholly, for the purposes of a private dwelling;

(c)that part of the land, not being a garage, outhouse, garden, yard, court, forecourt or other appurtenance, is used partly for the purposes of a private dwelling and partly for other purposes, unless that part was constructed, or has been adapted, for those other purposes;

(d)that a person who resides on the land, or part of it, is required or permitted to reside there in consequence of his employment or of holding an office.

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