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SCHEDULE 5EXCEPTIONS TO THE RIGHT TO BUY

Certain qualifying dwelling-houses for persons of pensionable age

10.—(1) The right to buy does not arise if the qualifying dwelling-house is one of a group of dwelling-houses—

(a)which are particularly suitable, having regard to their location, size, design, heating systems and other features, for occupation by elderly persons, and

(b)which it is the practice of the landlord to let for occupation by persons aged 60 or more, or for occupation by such persons and physically disabled persons,

and special facilities such as are mentioned in sub-paragraph (2) are provided wholly or mainly for the purposes of assisting those persons.

(2) The facilities referred to above are facilities which consist of or include—

(a)the services of a resident warden, or

(b)the services of a non-resident warden, a system for calling him and the use of a common room in close proximity to the group of dwelling-houses.

11.—(1) The right to buy does not arise if the qualifying dwelling-house—

(a)is particularly suitable, having regard to its location, size, design, heating system and other features, for occupation by elderly persons, and

(b)was let to the qualifying person or a predecessor in title of his for occupation by a person who was aged 60 or more (whether the qualifying person or another person).

(2) In determining whether a dwelling is particularly suitable, no regard shall be had to the presence of any feature provided by the qualifying person or a predecessor in title of his.

(3) Notwithstanding anything in section 181 (jurisdiction of county court), any question arising under this paragraph shall be determined as follows.

(4) If an application for the purpose is made by the qualifying person to the Secretary of State before the end of the period of 56 days beginning with the service of the landlord’s notice under section 124, the question shall be determined by the Secretary of State.

(5) If no such application is so made, the question shall be deemed to have been determined in favour of the landlord.

(6) This paragraph does not apply unless the qualifying dwelling-house concerned was first let before 1st January 1990.