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12 Removal and disposal of chattels from land comprised in compulsory rights order.E+W+S

(1)At any time on or after the operative date of a compulsory rights order, [F1the person entitled to the rights conferred by the order] may serve notice on the person who is for the time being entitled to possession of any chattel which is on, under or over any of the land comprised in the order, requiring him to remove it from that land within such period, not being less than fifty-six days from the date of service of the notice, as may be specified in the notice:

Provided that this subsection shall not apply to any apparatus belonging to statutory undertakers, [F2or to the body carrying on a sewerage undertaking or sewage disposal undertaking, and used by those undertakers or that body for the purposes of their undertaking, or belonging to a [F3water authority] or other drainage authority and used by that authority][F2and used by those undertakers for the purposes of their undertaking or belonging to an internal drainage board and used by that board]for the purposes of their functions.

(2)If the person on whom a notice is served under the preceding subsection fails to comply with the notice within the period specified therein, [F4the person who served the notice] may cause the chattel to which the notice relates to be removed from the land comprised in the order, or to be removed from one part of that land to another part thereof, and shall not be liable for any loss or damage attributable to the removal except any such loss or damage which is shown to be due to failure to exercise reasonable care.

[F5(2A)Where the person who has served a notice under subsection (1) of this section ceases, without exercising any power under subsection (2) of this section, to be the person entitled to the rights under the compulsory rights order, that notice shall cease to have effect for the purposes of this section.]

(3)Where [F6any person causes] a chattel to be removed under [F7subsection (2) of this section], [F6that person] may dispose of the chattel, by sale, destruction or otherwise, as [F6that person] may think fit, unless before the end of the period of three months beginning with the date of the removal the person for the time being entitled to possession of the chattel claims it from [F6the person who caused the chattel to be removed] and takes all reasonable steps for accepting custody of it.

(4)Where a chattel is sold in the exercise of the powers conferred by the last preceding subsection, [F8the person who makes the sale] shall pay the proceeds of sale to the person who was entitled to possession of the chattel immediately before the sale, and the receipt of that person shall be a sufficient discharge to [F8the person who makes the sale] for those proceeds.

(5)In this section “chattel” includes apparatus of any description, whether above or below the surface of the land.

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F1Words in s. 12(1) substituted (31.10.1994) by 1994 c. 21, s. 52, Sch. 8 para. 8(1) (with s. 40(7)); S.I. 1994/2553, art. 2

F3Words substituted by virtue of Water Act 1973 (c. 37), s. 9

F4Words in s. 12(2) substituted (31.10.1994) by 1994 c. 21, s. 52, Sch. 8 para. 8(2) (with s. 40(7)); S.I. 1994/2553, art. 2

F6Words in s. 12(3) substituted (31.10.1994) by 1994 c. 21, s. 52, Sch. 8 para. 8(1)(2)(4) (with s. 40(7)); S.I. 1994/2553, art. 2

F7Words in s. 12(3) substituted (31.10.1994) by 1994 c. 21, s. 52(2), Sch. 8 para. 8(4)(b) (with s. 40(7)); S.I. 1994/2553, art. 2

F8Words in s. 12(4) substituted (31.10.1994) by 1994 c. 21, s. 52, Sch. 8 para. 8(5) (with s. 40(7)); S.I. 1994/1553, art. 2

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