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Article 4.

SCHEDULE 5N.I.DEFINITION OF “DWELLING-HOUSE”, ETC.

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[F11.  In this Order—N.I.

dwelling-house” means, subject to paragraphs 2 to 5, a hereditament used wholly for the purposes of a private dwelling;

private garage” has the meaning given by paragraph 6;

private storage premises” has the meaning given by paragraph 7.]

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[F22.(1) A hereditament which is wholly or mainly used in the course of a business for the provision of short-stay accommodation, that is to say accommodation—N.I.

(a)which is provided for short periods to individuals whose sole or main residence is elsewhere, and

(b)which is not self-contained self-catering accommodation provided commercially,

shall be deemed not to be used for the purposes of a private dwelling.

(2) Sub-paragraph (1) does not apply if—

(a)it is intended that within the year from the day in relation to which the question is being considered, short-stay accommodation will not be provided within the hereditament for more than 6 persons simultaneously; and

(b)the person intending to provide such accommodation intends to have his sole or main residence within that hereditament throughout any period when such accommodation is to be provided, and that any use of living accommodation within the hereditament which would apart from this sub-paragraph, cause any part of it to be deemed not to be used for the purposes of a private dwelling, will be subsidiary to the use of the hereditament for, or in connection with, his sole or main residence.

(3) A hereditament or self-contained part of a hereditament shall be deemed not to be used for the purposes of a private dwelling if—

(a)the owner or, as the case may be, the occupier of the hereditament intends that, in the year from the day in relation to which the question is being considered, the whole of the hereditament or self-contained part will be available for letting commercially, as self-catering accommodation, for short periods totalling 140 days or more; and

(b)on that day his estate in the hereditament or part is such as to enable him to let it for such periods.

(4) Sub-paragraph (3) does not apply where the hereditament or self-contained part is used as the sole or main residence of any person.

[F3(5) The following shall be deemed not to be used for the purposes of a private dwelling—

(a)so much of an area of a caravan site which is valued as a single hereditament under sub-paragraph (1) of paragraph 2 of Part XIII of Schedule 12 as is not in the occupation of the site operator;

(b)a caravan pitch which is a separate hereditament in the circumstances mentioned in that sub-paragraph but in relation to which the district valuer has not exercised the power conferred by that sub-paragraph.]]

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3.  A hereditament shall not be deemed to be used otherwise than wholly for the purposes of a private dwelling by reason of either or both of the following circumstances—N.I.

(a)that it includes a garage, outhouse, garden, [F4park, pleasure ground,] yard, court, forecourt or other appurtenance which is not used, or not used wholly, for the purposes of a private dwelling;

(b)that part of the hereditament, not being a garage, outhouse, garden, [F5park, pleasure ground,] 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.

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4.—(1) A hereditament shall not be deemed to be used otherwise than wholly for the purposes of a private dwelling by reason that a person who resides in the hereditament, or in part thereof, is required or permitted to reside therein in consequence of his employment or of holding an office.N.I.

(2) Without prejudice to sub-paragraph (1), a hereditament shall be deemed to be used wholly for the purposes of a private dwelling if it is, or is treated for the purposes of Article 41 as,—

(a)of a description mentioned in paragraph (2) of that Article, and

(b)used wholly for domestic purposes within the meaning of that Article;

and where—

(i)

a hereditament is treated for the purposes of that Article as of a description so mentioned by reason of a distinct part of the hereditament being of that description and that part is used as mentioned in head (b), or

(ii)

a distinct part of a hereditament is treated for the purposes of that Article as of a description so mentioned and as so used,

[F6that part] shall be deemed to be used for the purposes of a private dwelling.

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[F74ZA.(1) A hereditament or part of a hereditament shall be deemed not to be used for the purposes of a private dwelling if it is—N.I.

(a)held by the Secretary of State for the purposes of armed forces accommodation; and

(b)situated within the perimeter of a military establishment.

(2) In this paragraph “military establishment” means an establishment used by any of Her Majesty's forces.]

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4A.  F8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .N.I.

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5.  In [F9paragraphs 1 to 4ZA]N.I.

[F10(a)“business” includes—

(i)any activity carried on by a body to which Article 41 applies; and

(ii)any activity carried on by a charity within the meaning of that Article;

(b)“commercially” means on a commercial basis, and with a view to the realisation of profits;]

(c)references to the purposes of a private dwelling include references to the purposes of private dwellings.

(d)F11. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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[F126.(1) In this Order “private garage” means, subject to sub-paragraph (2), a hereditament which is used wholly or mainly for the accommodation of a motor vehicle.N.I.

(2) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (1) a hereditament which is used—

(a)for the purposes of a trade or business; or

(b)by a charity, a public body or any other body that is not established or conducted for profit,

is not a private garage.

(3) In sub-paragraph (2)—

charity” means a body established for charitable purposes only;

public body” means—

(a)

a body established by or under a statutory provision; or

(b)

a department of the Government of the United Kingdom.

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7.(1) In this Order “private storage premises” means a hereditament which is used wholly in connection with a dwelling-house or dwelling-houses and so used wholly or mainly for the storage of domestic articles belonging to the residents.N.I.

(2) In sub-paragraph (1)—

domestic articles” means—

(a)

household stores and other articles for domestic use;

(b)

light vehicles, whether mechanically-propelled or not;

residents” means persons residing in the dwelling-house or dwelling-houses referred to in sub-paragraph (1).

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8.  The Department may by regulations modify paragraphs 1 to 7.]N.I.

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