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Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act 1963

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42 Provisions with respect to buildings in single ownership. E+W+S

(1)A building to which this section applies is one all parts of which are in the same ownership and a part of which consists of premises to which this Act applies, being premises held under a lease or an agreement for a lease or under a licence; and in this section a reference to a common part of a building to which this section applies shall be taken to refer to a part of the building that is used for the purposes of, but is not comprised in, a part of the building that consists of premises to which this Act applies.

(2)The following provisions shall have effect for securing the cleanliness of common parts of buildings to which this section applies, that is to say:—

(a)every common part of a building to which this section applies, and all furniture, furnishings and fittings in such a part, shall be kept in a clean state;

(b). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F1

(3)The following provisions shall have effect for securing the illumination of common parts of buildings to which this section applies, that is to say:—

(a)effective provision shall be made for securing and maintaining, in every such part of a common part of a building to which this section applies as the following, namely, a part in which persons are working or passing, suitable and sufficient lighting, whether natural or artificial;

(b). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F2

(c)all glazed windows and skylights used for the lighting of a part of a common part of a building to which this section applies in which the securing of lighting is required by this subsection to be provided for shall, so far as reasonably practicable, be kept clean on both the inner and outer surfaces and free from obstruction;

(d)all apparatus installed in a common part of a building to which this section applies for producing artificial lighting in a part of that part in which the securing of lighting is required by this subsection to be provided for shall be properly maintained;

but paragraph (c) above shall not affect the whitewashing or shading of windows or skylights for the purpose of mitigating heat or glare.

(4)Section 16(1) of this Act shall apply to floors, stairs, steps, passages and gangways comprised in, or constituting, a common part of a building to which this section applies as it applies to floors, stairs, steps, passages and gangways in premises to which this Act applies, section 16(2) of this Act shall apply to a staircase comprised in, or constituting, a common part of such a building as it applies to such a staircase as is mentioned in that subsection, and section 16(3) of this Act shall apply to an open side of such a staircase as is first mentioned in this subsection as it applies to an open side of such a staircase as is mentioned in the said subsection (2).

(5)In the event of a contravention, in relation to a common part of a building to which this section applies, of subsection (2) or (3) of this section . . . F3 and in the event of a contravention, in relation to any thing constituting, or comprised in, any such common part, of section 16 of this Act as applied by the last foregoing subsection, the owner of the building shall be guilty of an offence.

(6)For a contravention, in relation to premises comprised in a building to which this section applies, of section 9 of this Act (other than a contravention consisting in a failure to keep clean conveniences provided in pursuance of that section, not being conveniences provided for use jointly by the persons employed to work in the premises and by other persons), the owner of the building shall be responsible instead of the occupier of the premises.

(7)For a contravention, in relation to premises comprised in a building to which this section applies, of section 10 of this Act (other than a contravention consisting in a failure to provide means of cleaning or drying or a failure to keep clean and in orderly condition the place where facilities are provided in pursuance of that section, not being facilities provided for use jointly by the persons employed to work in the premises and by other persons) the owner of the building shall be responsible instead of the occupier of the premises.

(8)—(10). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F4

(11),(12). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F5

(13). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F6

(14)—(16). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F5

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F3Words repealed by S.I. 1975/1011, Sch.

F528–41, 42(11)(12)(14)–(16), 43(9)(10)(12)–(14) , 60(1), 71(2), 76(1)(2), 83(3) repealed by S.I. 1976/2005, Sch.

F642(13), 43(11) repealed except in relation to offences committed before 1.1.1977, by S.I. 1976/2005, Sch.

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