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The Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 1983

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Interpretation of Chapter IIN.I.

24.—(1) In this Chapter—

  • “improvement” has the meaning given by Article 34(3);

  • [F1“introductory tenancy” has the same meaning as in Chapter II of Part II of the Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 2003;]

  • “landlord” has the meaning given by Article 25(2);

  • “registered housing association” does not include any such association whose rules—


    restrict membership to persons who are tenants or prospective tenants of the association, and


    preclude the granting or assignment of tenancies to persons other than[F2 members];

  • “rental period” means a period in respect of which a payment of rent falls to be made;

  • “secure tenant” means the tenant under a secure tenancy, and

  • “secure tenancy” has the meaning given in Article 25;

  • “successor” has the meaning given by paragraphs (4) and (5) of Article 26;

  • “term”, in relation to a secure tenancy, includes a condition of the tenancy.

(2) For the purposes of this Chapter—

(a)a dwelling-house may be a house or part of a house;

(b)land let together with a dwelling-house shall be treated as part of the dwelling-house unless the land is agricultural land exceeding two acres;

and in this paragraph “agricultural land” has the meaning set out in paragraph 1(a) of Schedule 1 to the Rates (Northern Ireland) Order 1977.

(3) A person is a member of another's family within the meaning of this Chapter if he is his spouse[F3, civil partner], parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece; treating—

(a)any relationship by marriage[F3 or civil partnership] as a relationship by blood, any relationship of the half blood as a relationship of the whole blood and the stepchild of any person as his child; and

(b)an illegitimate person as the legitimate child of his mother and reputed father;

or if they live together as husband and wife[F3 or as if they were civil partners].

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