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The Property (Northern Ireland) Order 1997


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Interpretation: “ground rent”

3.—(1) In this Order “ground rent” means—

(a)a fee farm rent; or

(b)the rent payable under a lease granted for a term of more than 50 years.

(2) For the purposes of this Order—

(a)where a ground rent is of a yearly amount of less than £1 or is a peppercorn or other rent having no money value, it shall be treated as a yearly amount of £1;

(b)where a ground rent is payable if demanded (however expressed), it shall be treated as payable even though there is no demand.

(3) Where the amount of a ground rent is subject to alteration in consequence of a breach of covenant (whether it is to be increased from a lower amount to a higher amount in the event of a breach or is subject to reduction from a higher amount to a lower amount so long as there is no breach), for the purposes of this Order the amount of the ground rent is the lower amount.

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