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Matrimonial Homes (Family Protection) (Scotland) Act 1981

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6 Continued exercise of occupancy rights after dealing.S

(1)Subject to subsection (3) below—

(a)the continued exercise of the rights conferred on a non-entitled spouse by the provisions of this Act in respect of a matrimonial home shall not be prejudiced by reason only of any dealing of the entitled spouse relating to that home; and

(b)a third party shall not by reason only of such a dealing be entitled to occupy that matrimonial home or any part of it.

[F1(1A)The occupancy rights of a non-entitled spouse in relation to a matrimonial home shall not be exercisable in relation to the home where, following a dealing of the entitled spouse relating to the home—

(a)a person acquires the home, or an interest in it, in good faith and for value from a person other than the person who is or, as the case may be, was the entitled spouse; or

(b)a person derives title to the home from a person who acquired title as mentioned in paragraph (a).]

(2)In this section and section 7 of this Act—

  • dealing” includes the grant of a heritable security and the creation of a trust but does not include a conveyance under section 80 of the M1Lands Clauses Consolidation (Scotland) Act 1845;

  • entitled spouse” does not include a spouse who, apart from the provisions of this Act,—

    (a)

    is permitted by a third party to occupy a matrimonial home; or

    (b)

    is entitled to occupy a matrimonial home along with an individual who is not the other spouse, whether or not that individual has waived his or her right of occupation in favour of the spouse so entitled;

    and “non-entitled spouse” shall be construed accordingly.

(3)This section shall not apply in any case where—

(a)the non-entitled spouse in writing either—

(i)consents or has consented to the dealing, and any consent shall be in such form as the Secretary of State may, by regulations made by statutory instrument, prescribe; or

(ii)renounces or has renounced his or her occupancy rights in relation to the matrimonial home or property to which the dealing relates;

(b)the court has made an order under section 7 of this Act dispensing with the consent of the non-entitled spouse to the dealing;

(c)the dealing occurred, or implements, a binding obligation entered into by the entitled spouse before his or her marriage to the non-entitled spouse;

(d)the dealing occurred, or implements, a binding obligation entered into before the commencement of this Act; . . . F2

(e)the dealing comprises [F3a [F4transfer for value] to] a third party who has acted in good faith, if . . . F5 there is produced to the third party by the [F6transferor—

(i)a written declaration signed by the transferor, or a person acting on behalf of the transferor under a power of attorney or as a guardian (within the meaning of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 (asp 4)), that the subjects of the transfer are not, or were not at the time of the dealing, a matrimonial home in relation to which a spouse of the transferor has or had occupancy rights; or

(ii)a renunciation of occupancy rights or consent to the dealing which bears to have been properly made or given by the non-entitled spouse or a person acting on behalf of the non-entitled spouse under a power of attorney or as a guardian (within the meaning of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 (asp 4)).]

[F7(f)the entitled spouse has permanently ceased to be entitled to occupy the matrimonial home, and at any time thereafter a continuous period of [F82] years has elapsed during which the non-entitled spouse has not occupied the matrimonial home.]

(4)The Land Registration (Scotland) Act 1979 M2shall be amended as follows—

(a)in section 6(4)—

(i)after the words “the interest of” there shall be inserted “(i)”; and

(ii)after the words “is not a long lease” there shall be inserted—

and

(ii)a non-entitled spouse within the meaning of section 6 of the Matrimonial Homes (Family Protection) (Scotland) Act 1981.;

(b)in paragraph (b) section 9(4)—

(i)after the words “the interest of” there shall be inserted “(i)”; and

(ii)after the words “is not a long lease” there shall be inserted—

and

(ii)a non-entitled spouse within the meaning of section 6 of the Matrimonial Homes (Family Protection) (Scotland) Act 1981.; and

(c)in section 28 in the definition of overriding interest after paragraph (g) there shall be inserted the following—

  • the non-entitled spouse within the meaning of section 6 of the Matrimonial Homes (Family Protection) (Scotland) Act 1981;.

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C2The text of ss. 6(4), 13(12)(a), 20 is in the form in which it was originally enacted: it was not reproduced in Statutes in Force and does not reflect any amendments or repeals which may have been made prior to 1.2.1991

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