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Landlord and Tenant Act 1987

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60General interpretation

(1)In this Act—

  • "the 1985 Act" means the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985;

  • "charity" means a charity within the meaning of the Charities Act 1960, and "charitable purposes", in relation to a charity, means charitable purposes whether of that charity or of that charity and other charities;

  • "common parts", in relation to any building or part of a building, includes the structure and exterior of that building or part and any common facilities within it;

  • "the court" means the High Court or a county court;

  • "dwelling" means a building or part of a building occupied or intended to be occupied as a separate dwelling, together with any yard, garden, outhouses and appurtenances belonging to it or usually enjoyed with it;

  • "exempt landlord" has the meaning given by section 58(1);

  • "flat" means a separate set of premises, whether or not on the same floor, which—

    (a)

    forms part of a building, and

    (b)

    is divided horizontally from some other part of that building, and

    (c)

    is constructed or adapted for use for the purposes of a dwelling;

  • "functional land", in relation to a charity, means land occupied by the charity, or by trustees for it, and wholly or mainly used for charitable purposes;

  • "landlord" (except for the purposes of Part I) means the immediate landlord or, in relation to a statutory tenant, the person who, apart from the statutory tenancy, would be entitled to possession of the premises subject to the tenancy;

  • "lease" and related expressions shall be construed in accordance with section 59(1) and (2);

  • "long lease" has the meaning given by section 59(3);

  • "mortgage" includes any charge or lien, and references to a mortgagee shall be construed accordingly;

  • "notices in proceedings" means notices or other documents served in, or in connection with, any legal proceedings;

  • "rent assessment committee" means a rent assessment committee constituted under Schedule 10 to the Rent Act 1977;

  • "resident landlord" shall be construed in accordance with section 58(2);

  • "statutory tenancy" and "statutory tenant" mean a statutory tenancy or statutory tenant within the meaning of the Rent Act 1977 or the Rent (Agriculture) Act 1976;

  • "tenancy" includes a statutory tenancy.

(2)In this Act (except in Part IV) any reference to a tenancy to which Part II of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 applies includes a reference to an assured tenancy (as denned in section 56(1) of the Housing Act 1980).

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