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PART 3 E+WPROVISIONS APPLYING TO ALL OCCUPATION CONTRACTS

Prospective

CHAPTER 8E+WDEALING

TransferE+W

69Form of transferE+W

(1)This section applies (subject to subsection (6)) to—

(a)a transfer of an occupation contract by the contract-holder;

(b)a transfer by a joint contract-holder of his or her rights and obligations under an occupation contract.

(2)The transfer must be signed or executed by each of the parties to the transfer.

(3)If the contract requires the landlord's consent to the transfer, the transfer must also be signed or executed by the landlord.

(4)But subsection (3) does not apply if the landlord is treated as having consented under section 84(6), (8) or (10).

(5)A transfer to which this section applies is of no effect if it does not comply with subsection (2) and, if it applies, subsection (3).

(6)This section does not apply to a transfer in accordance with a term included in the contract under section 139 or 142 (certain transfers of fixed term standard contracts).

70Effect of authorised transferE+W

(1)If an occupation contract is transferred by the contract-holder to a person (“P”) in accordance with the contract and section 69, on the transfer date—

(a)P becomes entitled to all the rights and subject to all the obligations of the contract-holder under the contract, and

(b)the contract-holder ceases to be entitled to any rights or subject to any obligations under the contract.

(2)If a joint contract-holder's rights and obligations under an occupation contract are transferred to a person (“P”) in accordance with the contract and section 69, on the transfer date—

(a)P becomes entitled to all the rights and subject to all the obligations of the joint contract-holder under the contract, and

(b)the joint contract-holder ceases to be entitled to any rights or subject to any obligations under the contract.

(3)Subsection (2)(a) is subject to any term included in the contract because of section 141(3) or 142(3) (fixed term standard contracts: transfers of joint contract-holder's interest).

(4)Nothing in subsection (1)(b) or (2)(b) removes any right or waives any liability accruing before the transfer date.

(5)The transfer date is the day agreed by the contract-holder and P as the day on which the transfer takes effect.

71Effect of unauthorised transferE+W

(1)This section applies to—

(a)a transfer of an occupation contract by the contract-holder to a person (“P”) which is not in accordance with the contract, and

(b)a transfer by a joint contract-holder of his or her rights and obligations under an occupation contract to a person (“P”) which is not in accordance with the contract.

(2)If the landlord accepts payments from P in respect of P's occupation of the dwelling, at a time when the landlord (or in the case of joint landlords, any one of them)—

(a)knows that the transfer was not made in accordance with the contract, or

(b)ought reasonably to know that the transfer was not made in accordance with the contract,

the transfer becomes binding on the landlord on the day immediately after the last day of the relevant period.

(3)Section 70 applies as if—

(a)the transfer was made in accordance with the contract and section 69, and

(b)the transfer date was the day immediately after the last day of the relevant period.

(4)The relevant period is the period of two months starting with the day on which payments are first accepted as described in subsection (2).

(5)Subsections (2) and (3) do not apply if before the end of the relevant period the landlord⁠—

(a)takes steps to end the occupation contract, or

(b)brings proceedings to evict P as a trespasser or otherwise shows an intention to treat P as a trespasser.

(6)References in this section to a transfer include a purported transfer which does not comply with section 69.

72Deeds and covenantsE+W

(1)This section applies in relation to occupation contracts which are tenancies.

(2)Section 52 of the Law of Property Act 1925 (c. 20) (land must be conveyed by deed) does not apply to a transfer of the contract.

(3)The Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995 (c. 30) does not apply to—

(a)a transfer by a contract-holder of any of the things mentioned in section 57(1), or by a joint contract-holder of any of the things mentioned in section 57(2), or

(b)a transfer which under section 28(6)(b) of that Act would be treated as an assignment of the premises.