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7 Meaning of “long lease”.E+W

(1)In this Chapter “long lease” means (subject to the following provisions of this section)—

(a)a lease granted for a term of years certain exceeding 21 years, whether or not it is (or may become) terminable before the end of that term by notice given by or to the tenant or by re-entry, forfeiture or otherwise;

(b)a lease for a term fixed by law under a grant with a covenant or obligation for perpetual renewal (other than a lease by sub-demise from one which is not a long lease) or a lease taking effect under section 149(6) of the M1Law of Property Act 1925 (leases terminable after a death or marriage);

(c)a lease granted in pursuance of the right to buy conferred by Part V of the M2Housing Act 1985 or in pursuance of the right to acquire on rent to mortgage terms conferred by that Part of that Act; or

(d)a shared ownership lease, whether granted in pursuance of that Part of that Act or otherwise, where the tenant’s total share is 100 per cent. [F1or

(e)a lease granted in pursuance of that Part of that Act as it has effect by virtue of section 17 of the Housing Act 1996 (the right to acquire)]

(2)A lease terminable by notice after a death or marriage is not to be treated as a long lease for the purposes of this Chapter if—

(a)the notice is capable of being given at any time after the death or marriage of the tenant;

(b)the length of the notice is not more than three months; and

(c)the terms of the lease preclude both—

(i)its assignment otherwise than by virtue of section 92 of the Housing Act 1985 (assignments by way of exchange), and

(ii)the sub-letting of the whole of the premises comprised in it.

(3)Where the tenant of any property under a long lease F2. . . , on the coming to an end of that lease, becomes or has become tenant of the property or part of it under any subsequent tenancy (whether by express grant or by implication of law), then that tenancy shall be deemed for the purposes of this Chapter (including any further application of this subsection) to be a long lease irrespective of its terms.

(4)Where—

(a)a lease is or has been granted for a term of years certain not exceeding 21 years, but with a covenant or obligation for renewal without payment of a premium (but not for perpetual renewal), and

(b)the lease is or has been renewed on one or more occasions so as to bring to more than 21 years the total of the terms granted (including any interval between the end of a lease and the grant of a renewal),

this Chapter shall apply as if the term originally granted had been one exceeding 21 years.

(5)References in this Chapter to a long lease include—

(a)any period during which the lease is or was continued under Part I of the M3Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 or under Schedule 10 to the M4Local Government and Housing Act 1989;

(b)any period during which the lease was continued under the M5Leasehold Property (Temporary Provisions) Act 1951.

(6)Where in the case of a flat there are at any time two or more separate leases, with the same landlord and the same tenant, and—

(a)the property comprised in one of those leases consists of either the flat or a part of it (in either case with or without any appurtenant property), and

(b)the property comprised in every other lease consists of either a part of the flat (with or without any appurtenant property) or appurtenant property only,

then in relation to the property comprised in such of those leases as are long leases, this Chapter shall apply as it would if at that time—

(i)there were a single lease of that property, and

(ii)that lease were a long lease;

but this subsection has effect subject to the operation of subsections (3) to (5) in relation to any of the separate leases.

(7)In this section—

  • appurtenant property” has the same meaning as in section 1;

  • shared ownership lease” means a lease—

    (a)

    granted on payment of a premium calculated by reference to a percentage of the value of the demised premises or the cost of providing them, or

    (b)

    under which the tenant (or his personal representatives) will or may be entitled to a sum calculated by reference, directly or indirectly, to the value of those premises; and

  • total share”, in relation to the interest of a tenant under a shared ownership lease, means his initial share plus any additional share or shares in the demised premises which he has acquired.

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F1S. 7(1)(e) and the word immediately preceeding it inserted (1.4.1997) by S.I. 1997/627 art. 2, Sch. para.7

F2Words in s. 7(3) repealed (26.7.2002 for E. and 1.1.2003 for W.) by Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 (c. 15), s. 180 {Sch. 14}; S.I. 2002/1912, art. 2(b)(ii), Sch. 1 Pt. 1 (subject to Sch. 2); S. I. 2002/3012, art. 2(b)(ii), Sch. 1 Pt. 1 (subject to Sch. 2)

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