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Housing (Scotland) Act 2014

Repeal of defective designation provisions

210.Section 99 of the Act provides for the repeal of Part 14 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 (“the 1987 Act”) together with Schedules 20 and 21 of that Act. This removes the provisions of the 1987 Act which deal with the designation as defective of prescribed types of dwelling, the power to provide assistance to owners of such dwellings and the giving of notice to persons seeking to acquire a dwelling that is defective. These provisions are dependent on the Scottish Ministers or local authorities designating classes of buildings as defective, which was last done by the Scottish Ministers in 1984 and appears never to have been done by any local authority. The power to designate is, therefore, being repealed.

211.These provisions were originally set out in the Housing Defects Act 1984 and the provisions affecting Scotland were replaced by Part 14 of the 1987 Act. The designation of dwelling types was made by the Housing Defects (Prefabricated Reinforced Concrete Dwellings) (Scotland) Designations 1984. The period during which applications for assistance could be submitted in respect of these dwelling types has expired, making Part 14 obsolete.

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