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Rent (Northern Ireland) Order 1978

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. PART I INTRODUCTORY

    1. 1.Title and commencement

    2. 2.Interpretation

  3. PART II PROTECTED AND STATUTORY TENANCIES

    1. 3.Protected tenancies

    2. 4.Statutory tenants and tenancies

    3. 5.Application to new tenancies

    4. Art. 6 rep. by 1989 NI 4

    5. 7.Restricted and regulated tenancies

    6. 8.Restricted and regulated rent certificates

    7. 9.Conversion of restricted tenancies

    8. 10.Ancillary provisions as to applications under Articles 8 and 9

    9. 11.Appeal to county court

    10. 12.Premises with a business use

  4. PART III SECURITY OF TENURE

    1. Limitations on recovery of possession of dwelling-houses let on protected tenancies or subject to statutory tenancies

      1. 13.Grounds for possession of certain dwelling-houses

      2. 14.Extended discretion of court in claims for possession of certain dwelling-houses

    2. Protected and statutory tenancies

      1. 15.Terms and conditions of statutory tenancies

      2. 16.Payments demanded by protected or statutory tenants as a condition of giving up possession

    3. Changes of statutory tenants

      1. 17.Change of statutory tenant by agreement

      2. 18.No pecuniary consideration to be required on change of tenant under Article 17

    4. Miscellaneous

      1. 19.Determination of sub-tenancies

      2. 20.Compensation for misrepresentation or concealment

  5. PART IV RENTS UNDER REGULATED TENANCIES

    1. Rent limit under regulated tenancies

      1. 21.Limit of rent under regulated tenancies

      2. 22.Ancillary provisions as to notices of increase

    2. Enforcement

      1. 23.Recovery from landlord of sums paid in excess of recoverable rent, etc.

    3. Interpretation

      1. 24.Interpretation of Part IV

  6. PART V REGISTRATION AND DETERMINATION OF RENTS

    1. 25.Register of rents

    2. 25A.Amounts attributable to services

    3. 25B.Removal of tenancies from the register

    4. 26.Application for registration of rent

    5. 27.Applications to rent assessment committee

    6. 28.Rent assessment committees: constitution, etc.

    7. 29.Recoupment of rates, etc. from tenants

    8. 30.Effect of registration of rent

    9. 31.Application for determination of appropriate rent following change in condition of dwelling-houses, etc.

    10. 32.Applications for determination of future rent

    11. 33.Review of registered rents

    12. 34.Collection of information about certain tenancies

    13. 35.Offences under Part V

  7. PART VI RENTS UNDER RESTRICTED TENANCIES

    1. 36.Rents of restricted tenancies

    2. 37.Recovery from landlord of sums paid in excess of recoverable rent, etc.

  8. PART VII RENT BOOKS AND RIGHTS AND REPAIRING OBLIGATIONS UNDER REGULATED TENANCIES

    1. 38.Rent books for private tenancies

    2. 39.Offences under Article 38

    3. 40.Provisions applied to regulated tenancies

    4. 41.Landlord's duties to repair, etc. under regulated tenancy

    5. 42.Care of premises by tenant under regulated tenancy

    6. 43.Landlord's obligations under regulated tenancy of parts of building

    7. 44.General qualifications on landlord's duties

    8. 45.Standard of repair and knowledge of disrepair

    9. 46.Certificates of disrepair

    10. 47.Appeals in relation to certificates of disrepair

    11. 48.Enforcement, etc. of certificates of disrepair

  9. PART VIII PREMIUMS, ETC.

    1. 49.Prohibition of premiums and loans on renewal , etc. of protected tenancies

    2. 50.Prohibition of premiums and loans on assignment of protected tenancies

    3. 51.Excessive price for furniture to be treated as premium

    4. 52.Recovery of premiums and loans unlawfully required or received

    5. 53.Interpretation of Part VIII

  10. PART IX PROTECTION AGAINST HARASSMENT AND EVICTION WITHOUT DUE PROCESS OF LAW

    1. 54.Unlawful eviction and harassment of occupier

    2. 55.Restriction on re-entry without due process of law

    3. 56.Prohibition of eviction without due process of law

    4. 57.Savings (Part IX)

    5. 58.Interpretation of Part IX

  11. Part X (Arts. 59‐61) rep. by 1983 NI 14

    1. Part X (Arts. 59‐61) rep. by 1983 NI 14

  12. PART XI MISCELLANEOUS AND GENERAL

    1. 62.Length of notice to quit under tenancies of dwelling-houses

    2. 63.Inspection and entry of certain premises

    3. 64.Tenant sharing accommodation with persons other than landlord

    4. 65.Certain sub-lettings not to exclude any part of sub-lessor's premises from Order

    5. 66.Overholding

    6. 67.Adjustment for differences in lengths of rental periods

    7. 68.Appropriate district councils

    8. 69.County court jurisdiction

    9. 70.Prosecution of offences

    10. 71.Net annual value

    11. 72.Information

    12. 73.Service of notices on landlord's agents

    13. 73A.Method of serving certain documents

    14. 74.Regulations

    15. 75.Application to Crown property

    16. 76.Prohibition of agreements excluding Order

    17. 77.Amendments, savings and repeals

  13. SCHEDULES

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      STATUTORY TENANTS BY SUCCESSION

      1. 1.Paragraph 2... or, as the case may be, paragraph 4...

      2. 2.The surviving spouse , or surviving civil partner, (if any)...

      3. Para. 3 rep. by 1986 NI 13

      4. 4.Where— (a) paragraph 2... does not apply, but

      5. 5.A person who becomes the statutory tenant of a dwelling-house...

      6. 6.If, immediately before his death, the first successor was still...

      7. 7.The surviving spouse , or surviving civil partner, (if any)...

      8. Para. 8 rep. by 1986 NI 13

      9. 9.Where— (a) paragraph 7... does not apply, but

      10. 10.(1) Where after a succession the successor becomes the tenant...

      11. 11.In this Schedule references to “the first successor” shall be...

      1. Schedule 2 rep. by 1989 NI 4

      1. Schedule 3 rep. by 1992 NI 15

    2. SCHEDULE 4

      GROUNDS FOR POSSESSION OF DWELLING-HOUSES LET ON OR SUBJECT TO PROTECTED OR STATUTORY TENANCIES

      1. PART I CASES IN WHICH COURT MAY ORDER POSSESSION

        1. Case 1

          1. Where any rent lawfully due from the tenant has not...

          2. In paragraphs (a) and (b) above any reference to an...

        2. Case 2

          1. Where the tenant or any person residing or lodging with...

        3. Case 3

          1. Where— (a) the condition of the dwelling-house has, in the...

        4. Case 4

          1. Where— (a) the condition of any furniture provided for use...

        5. Case 5

          1. Where— (a) the tenant has given notice to quit, and...

        6. Case 6

          1. Where, without the consent of the landlord, the tenant has,...

        7. Case 7

          1. Where— (a) the dwelling-house is reasonably required by the landlord...

        8. Case 8

          1. Where the dwelling-house is reasonably required by the landlord for...

        9. Case 9

          1. Where the court is satisfied that the rent charged by...

        10. Case 10

          1. Where— (a) the dwelling-house is the sole or principal dwelling-house...

      2. PART II CASES IN WHICH COURT MUST ORDER POSSESSION

        1. Case 11

          1. (1) Where a person (in this Case referred to as...

        2. Case 12

          1. Where the owner intends to occupy the dwelling-house as his...

        3. Case 13

          1. Where— (a) the dwelling-house is held for the purpose of...

        4. Case 14

          1. Where the dwelling-house was at any time occupied by a...

        5. Case 15

          1. Where proposals for amalgamation, approved for the purposes of a...

        6. Case 16

          1. (1) Where— (a) the last occupier of the dwelling-house before...

        7. Case 17

          1. Where the dwelling-house was let under a protected shorthold tenancy...

        8. Case 18

          1. Where the dwelling-house was let by a person (in this...

          2. For the purposes of this Case “regular armed forces of...

      3. PART III PROVISION APPLICABLE TO CASE 8

        1. A court shall not make an order for possession of...

      4. PART IV SUITABLE ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION

        1. 1.For the purposes of Article 13(1)( a), a certificate of...

        2. 2.Where no such certificate as is mentioned in paragraph 1...

        3. 3.(1) For the purposes of paragraph 2, the relevant conditions...

        4. 4.Accommodation shall not be deemed to be suitable to the...

        5. 5.Any document purporting to be a certificate of the Executive...

      5. Part V Provisions applying to Cases 11, 12 and 18

        1. 1.In this Part of this Schedule—

        2. “mortgage” includes a charge;

        3. “owner” means, in relation to Case 11, the owner-occupier; and...

        4. “successor in title” means any person deriving title from the...

        5. 2.The conditions referred to in paragraph (1)(c) of Case 11,...

    3. SCHEDULE 5

      1. 1.The Department shall draw up and revise a panel of...

      2. 2.The panel shall consist of a number of persons appointed...

      3. 3.The Department shall nominate one person on the panel to...

      4. 4.Subject to paragraphs 5 to 8, the number of rent...

      5. 5.Subject to paragraph 6, each rent assessment committee shall consist...

      6. 6.The rent officer may, if he thinks fit, direct that...

      7. 7.There shall be paid to members of the panel such...

      8. 8.The Department may make available to rent assessment committees such...

    4. SCHEDULE 6

      1. 1.(1) An application for the determination of an appropriate rent...

      2. 2.(1) The rent assessment committee to which an application for...

      3. 3.Where, within the period specified in paragraph 2(1)( b), or...

      4. 4.(1) The committee shall make such inquiry (if any) as...

    5. SCHEDULE 7

      1. 1.For the purposes of this Order, the amount of rates...

      2. 2.In this Schedule “the relevant rating period”, in relation to...

      3. 3.The amount of the rates for any rental period which...

      4. 4.(1) On the making by the Department... of its first...

      5. 5.If as a result of the alteration of the net...

      6. 6.In computing the rates for any rental period for the...

      1. Schedule 8—Amendments

    6. SCHEDULE 9

      SAVINGS

      1. 1.The repeal by this Order of the Rent Restriction Acts...

      2. 2.The repeal by this Order of section 3 of the...

      3. 3.Where— (a) before the commencement of this Order, either—

      4. 4.In this Schedule— “the Act of 1920” means the Increase...

      1. Schedule 10—Repeals

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