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(1)Where an application is made to a leasehold valuation tribunal for a determination to dispense with all or any of the consultation requirements in relation to any qualifying works or qualifying long term agreement, the tribunal may make the determination if satisfied that it is reasonable to dispense with the requirements.
(2)In section 20 and this section—
“qualifying works” means works on a building or any other premises, and
“qualifying long term agreement” means (subject to subsection (3)) an agreement entered into, by or on behalf of the landlord or a superior landlord, for a term of more than twelve months.
(3)The Secretary of State may by regulations provide that an agreement is not a qualifying long term agreement—
(a)if it is an agreement of a description prescribed by the regulations, or
(b)in any circumstances so prescribed.
(4)In section 20 and this section “the consultation requirements” means requirements prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State.
(5)Regulations under subsection (4) may in particular include provision requiring the landlord—
(a)to provide details of proposed works or agreements to tenants or the recognised tenants’ association representing them,
(b)to obtain estimates for proposed works or agreements,
(c)to invite tenants or the recognised tenants’ association to propose the names of persons from whom the landlord should try to obtain other estimates,
(d)to have regard to observations made by tenants or the recognised tenants’ association in relation to proposed works or agreements and estimates, and
(e)to give reasons in prescribed circumstances for carrying out works or entering into agreements.
(6)Regulations under section 20 or this section—
(a)may make provision generally or only in relation to specific cases, and
(b)may make different provision for different purposes.
(7)Regulations under section 20 or this section shall be made by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.
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