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(1)An interest qualifies for compensation under this Part of this Act if it was acquired by the claimant before the relevant date in relation to the claim and the requirements of subsection (2) or, as the case may be, subsection (3) below are satisfied on the date on which notice of the claim for compensation in respect of that interest is served.
(2)If and so far as the interest is in land which is a dwelling, the said requirements are—
(a)that the interest is an owner's interest; and
(b)where the interest carries the right to occupy the land, that the land is occupied by the claimant in right of that interest as his residence.
(3)If and so far as the interest is not in such land as aforesaid, the said requirements ares—
(a)that the interest is that of an owner-occupier ; and
(b)that the land is or forms part of either—
(i)a hereditament the annual value of which does not exceed tide prescribed amount; or
(ii)an agricultural unit.
(4)In this section " owner's interest", in relation to any land, includes the interest of—
(a)the lessee under a lease thereof, being a lease the unexpired period of which on the date of service of the notice of claim in respect thereof is not less than three years; and
(b)a crofter, a landholder, a statutory small tenant and a cottar in the land.
(5)In this section " owner-occupier ", in relation to land in a hereditament, means a person who occupies the whole or a substantial part of the land in right of an owner's interest therein and, in relation to land in an agricultural unit, means a person who occupies the whole of that unit and is entitled while so occupying it, to an owner's interest in the whole or any part of that land.
(6)In this section " the prescribed amount" means the amount for the time being prescribed for the purposes of section 181(4)(a) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1972 (interests qualifying for protection under planning blight provisions) and " annual value " and " hereditament" have the meanings given in sections 196 of that Act taking references to the date of service of a notice under section 182 of that Act as references to the date on which notice of the claim is served.
(7)This section has effect subject to sections 10(3) and 11 below.
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