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47.—(1) Where proceedings are brought for possession of a dwelling-house let under a secure tenancy on any of grounds 1 to 6 or 8 to 11 in Part I of Schedule 3, the court may adjourn the proceedings for such period or periods as it thinks fit.
(2) On the making of an order for possession of such a dwelling-house on any of those grounds, or at any time before the execution of the order, the court may—
(a)stay or suspend execution of the order, or
(b)postpone the date of the possession,
for such period or periods as the court thinks fit.
(3) On any such adjournment as is referred to in paragraph (1) or any such stay, suspension or postponement as is referred to in paragraph (2), the court shall, unless it considers that to do so would cause exceptional hardship to the tenant or would otherwise be unreasonable, impose conditions with regard to payment by the tenant of arrears of rent (if any) and rent or payments in respect of occupation after termination of the tenancy (mesne profits) and may impose such other conditions as it thinks fit.
(4) If such conditions as are referred to in paragraph (3) are complied with, the court may, if it thinks fit, discharge or rescind the order concerned.
[F1(5) Paragraph (6) applies in any case where—
(a)proceedings are brought for possession of a dwelling house which is let under a secure tenancy;
(b)the[F2 tenant's spouse or former spouse, or civil partner or former civil partner, having home rights][F3 under the Family Homes and Domestic Violence (Northern Ireland) Order 1998], is then in occupation of the dwelling house; and
(c)the tenancy is, or may be, terminated as a result of those proceedings.
(6) In any case to which this paragraph applies, the spouse or former spouse[F2, or the civil partner or former civil partner] shall, so long as he or she remains in occupation, have the same rights in relation to, or in connection with, any such adjournment as is referred to in paragraph (1) or any such stay, suspension or postponement as is referred to in paragraph 2, as he or she would have if[F2 those home rights] were not affected by the termination of the tenancy.]
[F3(7) Paragraph (8) applies in any case where—
(a)proceedings are brought for possession of a dwelling-house which is let under a secure tenancy;
(b)an order is in force under Article 13 of the Family Homes and Domestic Violence (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 conferring rights on the[F2 former spouse or former civil partner of the tenant] or an order is in force under Article 14 of that Order conferring rights on a cohabitee or former cohabitee (within the meaning of that Order) of the tenant;
(c)that former spouse[F2 former civil partner], cohabitee or former cohabitee is then in occupation of the dwelling-house; and
(d)the tenancy is or may be terminated as a result of those proceedings.
(8) In any case to which this paragraph applies, the former spouse,[F2 former civil partner,] cohabitee or former cohabitee shall, so long as he or she remains in occupation, have the same rights in relation to, or in connection with, any such adjournment as is referred to in paragraph (1) or any such stay, suspension or adjournment as is referred to in paragraph (2), as he or she would have if the rights conferred by the order referred to in paragraph (7)(b) were not affected by the termination of the tenancy.]
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