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The Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 1986

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14.—(1) The Executive shall, within the period of 3 months beginning with the coming into operation of a designation or a variation of such a designation—

(a)publish in more than one newspaper a notice suitable for the purpose of bringing the effect of the designation or variation to the attention of persons who may be eligible for assistance in respect of dwellings to which the designation applies; and

(b)in the case of persons appearing to the Executive likely to be eligible for assistance in respect of those dwellings, take such other steps as are reasonably practicable to inform them of the fact that assistance is available.

(2) If at any time it becomes apparent to the Executive that a person is likely to be eligible for assistance in respect of a defective dwelling, it shall forthwith take such steps as are reasonably practicable to inform him of the fact that assistance is available.

(3) A relevant body shall, where a person is to acquire a relevant interest in a defective dwelling on a disposal by that body, give him notice in writing before the time of disposal—

(a)specifying the qualifying defect, and

(b)stating that he will not be eligible for assistance under this Part in respect of the dwelling.

(4) A relevant body shall, before it conveys a relevant interest in a defective dwelling in pursuance of a contract to any person on whom a notice under paragraph (3) has not been served, give him notice in writing—

(a)specifying the qualifying defect,

(b)stating, where the time of disposal of the interest falls after the cut-off date, that he will not be eligible for assistance under this Part, and

(c)stating the effect of paragraph (5).

(5) A person on whom a notice under paragraph (4) is served—

(a)shall have the right to withdraw from the transaction and may, within the period of 6 months beginning with the service of that notice on him, exercise that right by notifying the relevant body in writing of his withdrawal, whereupon the parties to the contract shall be discharged from any obligations in connection with it and any deposit paid shall be repaid; and

(b)shall not, in any event, be obliged to complete the conveyance before the expiry of the period referred to in sub-paragraph (a).

Para. (6) rep. by 1992 NI 15

(7) The notice under paragraph (3)F1... or paragraph (4) is to be served at the earliest date at which it is reasonably practicable to do so.

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