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SCHEDULE 3S SUCCESSION TO SCOTTISH SECURE TENANCY: QUALIFIED PERSONS

(introduced by section 22)

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Commencement Information

I1Sch. 3 wholly in force at 30.9.2002, see s. 113(1)(2) and S.S.I. 2002/321, art. 2, Sch. (subject to transitional provisions and savings in arts. 3-5)

Qualified personsS

1For the purposes of section 22, a person falling within any of paragraphs 2 to 4 is a qualified person.

2(1)A person whose only or principal home at the time of the tenant’s death was the house and—S

(a)who was at that time—

(i)the tenant’s spouse [F1or civil partner], or

(ii)living with the tenant as husband and wife or in a relationship which has the characteristics of the relationship between [F2civil partners], or

(b)who is, where the tenancy was held jointly by two or more individuals, a surviving tenant.

(2)In the case of a person referred to in sub-paragraph (1)(a)(ii), the house must have been the person’s only or principal home throughout the period of [F312] months ending with the tenant’s death.

Textual Amendments

F1Words in sch. 3 para. 2(1)(a)(i) inserted (5.12.2005) by Civil Partnership Act 2004 (c. 33), s. 263(10)(c), Sch. 28 para. 66(a); S.S.I. 2005/604, arts. 2(c), 4

F2Words in sch. 3 para. 2(1)(a)(ii) substituted (5.12.2005) by Civil Partnership Act 2004 (c. 33), s. 263(10)(c), Sch. 28 para. 66(b); S.S.I. 2005/604, arts. 2(c), 4

F3Word in sch. 3 para. 2(2) inserted (1.11.2019) by Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 (asp 14), ss. 13(a), 104(3); S.S.I. 2018/153, art. 2, sch. (with arts. 8, 9)

3SA member of the tenant’s family aged at least 16 years where the house was the person’s only or principal home [F4throughout the period of 12 months ending with] the tenant’s death.

Textual Amendments

F4Words in sch. 3 para. 3 substituted (1.11.2019) by Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 (asp 14), ss. 13(b), 104(3); S.S.I. 2018/153, art. 2, sch. (with arts. 8, 9)

4SA carer providing, or who has provided, care for the tenant or a member of the tenant’s family where—

(a)the carer is aged at least 16 years,

(b)the house was the carer’s only or principal home [F5throughout the period of 12 months ending with] the tenant’s death, and

(c)the carer had a previous only or principal home which was given up.

Textual Amendments

F5Words in sch. 3 para. 4(b) substituted (1.11.2019) by Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 (asp 14), ss. 13(c), 104(3); S.S.I. 2018/153, art. 2, sch. (with arts. 8, 9)

Only or principal homeS

[F64AFor the purposes of paragraph 2, 3 or 4 a period may be considered in relation to a person only if, at any time before that period began, the landlord was notified by—

(a)the person, or

(b)any other person who was the tenant of the house in question when the notice was given,

that the house in question was the person's only or principal home.]

Textual Amendments

F6Sch. 3 para. 4A inserted (1.11.2019) by Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 (asp 14), ss. 13(d), 104(3); S.S.I. 2018/153, art. 2, sch. (with arts. 8, 9)

Special rule: specially adapted houseS

5(1)This paragraph applies where the house has been designed or substantially adapted for occupation by a person whose special needs require accommodation of the kind provided by the house.

(2)For the purposes of succession to a tenancy under section 22(1), a person is a qualified person only if that person—

(a)falls within paragraph 2, or

(b)falls within paragraph 3 or 4 and has special needs requiring accommodation of the kind provided by the house.

(3)For the purposes of succession to a tenancy under section 22(2), a person falling within any of paragraphs 2 to 4 is a qualified person only if that person has special needs requiring accommodation of the kind provided by the house.

Order of successionS

6If there is a qualified person falling within paragraph 2, the tenancy passes to that person unless the person declines the tenancy.

7SIf the tenancy does not pass to a qualified person falling within paragraph 2 and there is a qualified person falling within paragraph 3, the tenancy passes to that person unless the person declines the tenancy.

8SIf the tenancy does not pass to a qualified person falling within paragraph 2 or 3 and there is a qualified person falling within paragraph 4, the tenancy passes to that person unless the person declines the tenancy.

9SWhere there is more than one qualified person falling within any of paragraphs 2 to 4, section 22(9) and paragraph 6, 7 or, as the case may be, 8 apply in relation to—

(a)such qualified person falling within the paragraph in question, or

(b)such two or more of those qualified persons as joint tenants,

as may be decided by agreement between all the qualified persons falling within the paragraph in question or, failing agreement within 4 weeks of the death of the tenant or, where paragraph 10 applies, of the date on which notice under that paragraph was given, as the landlord decides.

Notification of right to succeed to tenancyS

10(1)Where there is a qualified person falling within paragraph 2 and that person (or, if more than one, each of those persons) declines the tenancy, the landlord must, as soon as possible thereafter—

(a)use its best endeavours to ascertain whether there are any persons who may be entitled to the tenancy by virtue of paragraph 3 or, if not, paragraph 4, and

(b)give notice in writing to each such person.

(2)Where there is a qualified person falling within paragraph 3 and that person (or, if more than one, each of those persons) declines the tenancy, the landlord must, as soon as possible thereafter—

(a)use its best endeavours to ascertain whether there are any persons who may be entitled to the tenancy by virtue of paragraph 4, and

(b)give notice in writing to each such person.

Declining a tenancyS

11(1)A qualified person who is entitled to the benefit of paragraph 6, 7 or 8 may decline the tenancy by giving the landlord notice in writing within 4 weeks of the tenant’s death or, where the qualified person was given notice under paragraph 10, within 4 weeks of the date on which that notice was given.

(2)Notice under sub-paragraph (1) has effect as if given at the time of the tenant’s death.

(3)A qualified person who declines a tenancy—

(a)must vacate the house within 3 months of the date of the notice under sub-paragraph (1) declining the tenancy,

(b)is liable to pay rent which becomes due after the tenant’s death only in respect of any rental period (that is to say, a period in respect of which an instalment of rent falls to be paid) during any part of which the qualified person has occupied the house after the tenant’s death.

Qualified persons: co-operative housing associationsS

12(1)This paragraph applies where the landlord is a registered social landlord which is a co-operative housing association.

(2)A qualified person who is entitled to the benefit of paragraph 6, 7 or 8 must, within 4 weeks of the tenant’s death or, where the qualified person was given notice under paragraph 10, within 4 weeks of the date on which that notice was given, apply for membership of the co-operative housing association.

(3)Where a qualified person—

(a)fails to comply with sub-paragraph (2), or

(b)complies with that sub-paragraph but the co-operative housing association refuses the application for membership,

the person is to be treated as having declined the tenancy at the time of the tenant’s death.

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