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Buildings (Recovery of Expenses) (Scotland) Act 2014

46D – Charging order provision and early repayment

24.Section 46D(1) sets out certain matters that a charging order must provide for. It contains details of how the repayable amount under a charging order is to be paid, what happens where an instalment payment is missed, and makes provision for dealing with any outstanding balance due at the end of the instalment period.

25.Section 46D(1)(a) provides that a charging order must provide that the repayable amount under a charging order is to be paid in the number of annual instalments, on the same date each year, as determined by the local authority under 46C(3). Section 46D(1)(b) provides that where an annual instalment is not paid, then civil debt recovery procedures can be taken by the local authority to pursue recovery of that instalment, together with charging order fees and connected administrative or other expenses. Inserted section 46D(1)(c) provides that any outstanding balance remaining after the final instalment is due is similarly recoverable by means of civil debt recovery procedures.

26.A mechanism for early repayment of the repayable amount is provided for at section 46D(2). Firstly, section 46D(2) confirms that the owner of a building subject to a charging order can at any time redeem the repayable amount early by paying to the local authority the repayable amount in full. Further, an owner can redeem the repayable amount early if the owner can reach agreement with the local authority regarding the payment of a lower acceptable sum.

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