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The Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 1992

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Interpretation of this Chapter

38.—(1) In this Chapter, except where the context otherwise requires,—

“certified date” means the date certified by the Executive as the date on which the execution of the eligible works is completed to its satisfaction;

“charity” does not include a registered housing association but, subject to that, has the same meaning as in the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 1964(1);

“common parts”, in relation to a building, includes the structure and exterior of the building and common facilities provided, whether in the building or elsewhere, for persons who include the occupiers of one or more flats in the building;

“disabled person” has the meaning assigned by Article 52(6);

“dwelling” means a building or part of a building occupied or intended to be occupied as a separate dwelling, together with any yard, garden, outhouses and appurtenances belonging to it or usually enjoyed with it;

“the eligible works” shall be construed in accordance with Article 54(2)(a);

“the estimated expense” shall be construed in accordance with Article 54(2);

“flat”, in relation to a building, means a dwelling which is a separate set of premises, whether or not on the same floor, divided horizontally from some other part of the building;

“group repair scheme” has the meaning assigned by Article 65(1);

“house in multiple occupation” has the same meaning as in Part IV;

“improvement” includes alteration and enlargement;

“initial period” means the period of 5 years beginning with the certified date;

“landlord’s common parts application” has the meaning assigned by Article 43(2)(b);

“occupying tenant” has the meaning assigned by Article 43(2)(a);

“owner”, in relation to a dwelling, means the person who—

(a)

is for the time being entitled to receive from a lessee of the dwelling (or would be so entitled if the dwelling were let) a rent of not less than two-thirds of the net annual value of the dwelling; and

(b)

is not himself liable as lessee of the dwelling, or of property which includes the dwelling, to pay such a rent to a superior landlord;

and, in relation to a house in multiple occupation, “owner” has the same meaning as in Article 2 of the Order of 1981;

“owner’s interest” has the meaning assigned by Article 42(2);

“participating landlord” has the meaning assigned by Article 43(3);

“preliminary or ancillary services and charges” has the meaning assigned by Article 40(3);

“the relevant works” has the meaning assigned by Article 40(2)(a);

“tenancy” includes a sub-tenancy and an agreement for a tenancy or sub-tenancy;

“tenant” includes a sub-tenant and any person deriving title under the original tenant or sub-tenant;

“tenants' common parts application” has the meaning assigned by Article 43(2)(c).

(2) Article 2(4) and (5) of the Order of 1981 (meaning of “members of a person’s family”) shall apply in determining whether a person is a member of another’s family for the purposes of this Part.

Grants for improvements and repairs

39.—(1) In accordance with this Chapter, grants are payable by the Executive towards the cost of works required—

(a)for the improvement or repair of dwellings, houses in multiple occupation or the common parts of buildings containing one or more flats; and

(b)for the provision of dwellings or houses in multiple occupation by the conversion of a house or other building; and

(c)for the provision of facilities for disabled persons in dwellings and in the common parts of buildings containing one or more flats.

(2) In this Chapter—

(a)a grant relating to the improvement or repair of a dwelling or to the provision of dwellings by the conversion of a house or other building is referred to as a “renovation grant”; and

(b)a grant relating to the improvement or repair of the common parts of a building is referred to as a “common parts grant”; and

(c)a grant for the provision of facilities for a disabled person in a dwelling or in the common parts of a building containing one or more flats is referred to as a “disabled facilities grant”; and

(d)a grant for the improvement or repair of a house in multiple occupation or for the provision of a house in multiple occupation by the conversion of a house or other building is referred to as an “HMO grant”;

and in the following provisions of this Chapter the expression “grant”, without more, means any of these types of grant.

(3) This Chapter shall have effect in place of Part III of the Order of 1983 (grants towards works of improvement, repair and conversion); but that Part shall continue to apply to any application for a grant—

(a)made under Article 50 of that Order, and

(b)received by the Executive before the day appointed under Article 1(3) for the coming into operation of this Part.

Applications for grants

40.—(1) No grant shall be paid unless an application for it is made to the Executive in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter and is approved by it.

(2) An application for a grant shall be in writing and shall specify the premises to which it relates and contain—

(a)particulars of the works in respect of which the grant is sought (in this Part referred to as “the relevant works”);

(b)unless the Executive otherwise directs in any particular case, an estimate from a contractor acceptable to the Executive of the cost of carrying out the relevant works;

(c)particulars of any preliminary or ancillary services and charges in respect of the cost of which the grant is also sought; and

(d)such other particulars as may be prescribed.

(3) In this Chapter “preliminary or ancillary services and charges”, in relation to an application for a grant, means services and charges which—

(a)relate to the application and the preparation for and the carrying out of works; and

(b)are specified for the purposes of this paragraph by the Department.

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