Department’s power to remove tenancies from register of rents

99.  After Article 25 of the Rent (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 (register of rents) there shall be inserted the following Article—

Removal of tenancies from the register

25A.(1) Subject to the following provisions of this Article, where the rent payable for the tenancy of a dwelling-house is registered in the register of rents, the Department may, if it is satisfied that the dwelling-house has ceased to be let under a regulated or a restricted tenancy, remove any entry relating to the tenancy or the dwelling-house from the register.

(2) The Department shall give to any person appearing to it to have an interest in the dwelling-house, 14 days' notice of its intention to remove the entry from the register.

(3) For the purposes of paragraph (1) the Department may make such enquiries as it considers appropriate.