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Rate rebates for certain hereditaments with special facilities for [F1persons with a disability]N.I.

[31A.F2—(1) Subject to paragraphs (5), (7) [F3and (8)] , the Department shall, in accordance with the provisions of this Article, grant to the person mentioned in paragraph (4) a rebate from the rates chargeable in respect of a hereditament to which this Article applies.

[F4(2) This Article applies to—

(a)a hereditament in which there is a facility which is required for meeting the needs of a person who resides in the hereditament and has a disability, including a facility of either of the following descriptions—

(i)a room, other than a kitchen, bathroom or lavatory, which is wholly or mainly used (whether for providing therapy or for other purposes) by such a person; or

(ii)an additional kitchen, bathroom or lavatory; and

(b)a hereditament in which there is sufficient floor space to permit the use of a wheelchair used by and required for meeting the needs of a person who resides in the hereditament and has a disability.

(3) In paragraph (2)—

(a)references to a person who resides in a hereditament include references to a person who is usually resident there; and

(b)subject to paragraph (3A), references to a facility or a wheelchair being required for meeting the needs of a person who has a disability are references to its being essential or of major importance to that person's well-being by reason of the nature and extent of the disability.

(3A) A wheelchair is not required for meeting a person's needs if he does not need to use it within the living accommodation comprising or included in the hereditament.]

(4) The person entitled to a rebate under this Article (a “rebate”) is—

(a)the [F5person with a disability] if he is the occupier of the hereditament or makes payments by way of rent in respect of all or any of it; or

(b)any person who is a member of the same household as the [F6person with a disability] and either is the occupier of the hereditament or makes such payments as aforesaid.

(5) No rebate shall be granted except on an application made to the Department by the person entitled to the rebate; and any such application shall contain such information as the Department may reasonably require.

(6) Subject to paragraph (7), a rebate shall be granted for such period, being a year or part of a year, as the Department may determine (a “rebate period”).

(7) Where the hereditament qualifies for rebate for part only of a rebate period the rebate shall be proportionately reduced and if too large an amount has been paid or allowed by way of rebate the excess shall be recoverable summarily by the Department as a debt.

(8) No rebate shall be granted—

(a)for any period before 1st April 1979; or

(b)except in such circumstances and to such extent as the Department may determine, for any period before the beginning of the year in which the application is made.

(9) A rebate may be granted either by making a payment of the amount of the rebate or, where the person entitled is the occupier of the hereditament, by reducing the rates payable by him.

[F7(10) The amount of a rebate shall be so much of the rates chargeable in respect of the hereditament for, or properly apportionable to, the rebate period or the relevant part of it as is referable to 25 per cent. of its rateable capital value.]

[F8(11A) If the Department decides that an applicant for a rebate is not entitled to a rebate, it shall serve notice of its decision on the applicant.]

[F9(12) Any person who is aggrieved by a decision of the Department under paragraph (11A) may, within twenty-eight days of the service on him of a notice under that paragraph, apply to the Department for a review by the Department of its decision.

(12A) The Department shall serve on that person a notice of the result of the review.

(12B) If that person is dissatisfied with the result of the review, he may appeal to the Valuation Tribunal.

(12C) The Department or any person aggrieved by a decision of the Valuation Tribunal under paragraph (12B) as being erroneous on a point of law may require the Valuation Tribunal to state and sign a case for the Court of Appeal.]

(13) Where the person entitled to a rebate under this Article is also entitled to a rebate under[F10 the housing benefit scheme] in respect of the same hereditament and period, that scheme shall have effect as if the rates chargeable in respect of the hereditament for that period were reduced by the amount of the rebate under this Article.]

[F11(14) Where the person entitled to a rebate under this Article is also entitled to a rebate under Article 30A in respect of the same hereditament and period, a rate relief scheme under that Article shall have effect as if the rates chargeable in respect of the hereditament for that period were reduced by the amount of the rebate under this Article.]

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F9Art. 31A(12)(12A)(12B)(12C) substituted (1.4.2007) for art. 31A(12) by Rates (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 (S.I. 2006/2954 (N.I. 18)), arts. 1(3), 17(8); S.R. 2006/464, art. 2(4)

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