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The Rent Officers (Additional Functions) (Scotland) Order 1990

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Articles 2(1) and 3(1)

SCHEDULE 1DETERMINATIONS

Rent determinations

1.—(1) The rent officer shall determine whether, in his opinion, the rent payable under the tenancy of the dwelling at the relevant time is significantly higher than the rent which the landlord might reasonably be expected to obtain under the tenancy at that time, having regard to the level of rent under similar tenancies of similar dwellings in the locality (or as similar as regards tenancy, dwelling and locality as is reasonably practicable), but on the assumption that no one who would have been entitled to housing benefit has sought or is seeking the tenancy.

(2) If the rent officer determines under sub-paragraph (1) that the rent is significantly higher, the rent officer shall also determine the rent which the landlord might reasonably be expected to obtain under the tenancy at the relevant time, having regard to the same matter and on the same assumption as in sub-paragraph (1).

Size and rent determinations

2.—(1) The rent officer shall determine whether the dwelling, at the relevant time, exceeds the size criteria for its occupiers.

(2) If the rent officer determines that the dwelling exceeds the size criteria, the rent officer shall also determine the rent which a landlord might reasonably be expected to obtain at the relevant time for a tenancy which is similar to the tenancy of the dwelling, on the same terms (other than the term relating to the amount of rent) and of a dwelling which is in the same locality as the dwelling, but which–

(a)accords with the size criteria for its occupiers;

(b)is in a reasonable state of repair; and

(c)corresponds in other respects, in the rent officer’s opinion, as closely as is reasonably practicable to the dwelling.

(3) When making a determination under paragraph 2(2), the rent officer shall have regard to the same matter and make the same assumption as in paragraph 1(1), except that in judging the similarity of other tenancies and dwellings the comparison shall be with the tenancy of the second dwelling referred to in paragraph 2(2) and the assumption shall be made in relation to that tenancy.

Services determinations

3.—(1) Where the rent officer makes a determination under paragraph 1(2), 2(2) or (where no determination is to be made under paragraph 1(2)) paragraph 1(1) and the dwelling is not in a hostel (within the meaning of regulation 12A of the Housing Benefit (General) Regulations 1987(1), he shall also determine whether, in his opinion, any of the rent at the relevant time is fairly attributable to the provision of services which are ineligible to be met by housing benefit and, if so, the amount which in his opinion is so attributable (except where he considers the amount is negligible).

(2) In sub-paragraph (1) “rent” in relation to a determination under paragraph 1(2) or 2(2) means the rent determined under paragraph 1(2) or 2(2) and, in relation to a determination under paragraph 1(1), means the rent payable under the tenancy at the relevant time; and “services” means services performed or facilities (including the use of furniture) provided for, or rights made available to, the tenant, but not the provision of meals (including the preparation of meals or provision of unprepared food).

Medical, nursing and other care services

4.  Where the rent includes any of the charges specified in sub-paragraph (d), (e) or (f) of paragraph 1 of Part I of Schedule 1 to the Housing Benefit (General) Regulations 1987, the rent officer, when making a determination, shall assume that–

(a)the items to which the charges relate were not to be provided or made available; and

(b)the rent payable under the tenancy at the relevant time is such amount as is specified in the application as the rent which would have been payable under the tenancy at that time if those items were not to be provided or made available.

Interim and further determinations

5.  If notice of a determination under paragraph 1 or 3 is not given to the local authority within the 5 day period mentioned in paragraph 6(a) solely because the rent officer intends to arrange an inspection of the dwelling before making such a determination, the rent officer shall make both an interim determination and a further determination.

Notifications

6.  The rent officer shall give notice to the local authority of a determination–

(a)except in the case of a further determination, within the period of 5 working days beginning with the date on which the rent officer received the application or, where the rent officer requests further information under article 3(2), with the date on which he received the information, or as soon as practicable after that period; and

(b)in the case of a further determination, within the period of 20 working days beginning with the date on which notice of the interim determination was given to the local authority, or as soon as practicable after that period.

7.—(1) If the rent officer becomes aware that the application is not one to which article 3(1) applies, the rent officer shall give the local authority notice to that effect.

(2) If the rent officer is precluded by article 5(2) from making a determination or a re-determination under paragraph 1 (or that paragraph as applied by Schedule 3), the rent officer shall give the local authority notice of the rent determined by the rent assessment committee.

Article 2(1)

SCHEDULE 2SIZE CRITERIA

1.  One bedroom shall be allowed for each of the following categories of occupier (and each occupier shall come within only the first category for which he is eligible)–

(a)a married couple or an unmarried couple (within the meaning of Part II of the Social Security Act 1986);

(b)a person who is not a child;

(c)two children of the same sex;

(d)two children who are less than ten years old;

(e)a child.

2.  The number of rooms (excluding any allowed as a bedroom under paragraph 1) suitable for living in allowed are–

(a)if there are fewer than four occupiers, one;

(b)if there are more than three and fewer than seven occupiers, two;

(c)in any other case, three.

Article 4

SCHEDULE 3RE-DETERMINATIONS

1.  Schedules 1 and 2 (except paragraph 5 of Schedule 1) shall apply in relation to a re-determination as they apply to a determination, subject to the following:–

(a)references in Schedule 1 to the relevant time shall be references to the time the original application for the determination is made or, if earlier, the tenancy ends; and

(b)for sub-paragraphs (a) and (b) of paragraph 6 of Schedule 1 there shall be substituted “within the period of 20 working days beginning with the date of receipt of the application for a re-determination, or as soon as is reasonably practicable after that period.”.

2.  The rent officer making the re-determination shall seek and have regard to the advice of one or two other rent officers in relation to the re-determination.

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S.I. 1987/1971; relevant amending instrument is S.I. 1990/.

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