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Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (c. 53)

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Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996

1996 CHAPTER 53

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

Content
  1. Part I

    Grants, &c. for renewal of private sector housing

    1. Chapter I

      The main grants

      1. Introductory

        1. 1. Grants for improvements and repairs, &c.

        2. 2. Applications for grants.

      2. Preliminary conditions

        1. 3. Ineligible applicants.

        2. 4. The age of the property.

        3. 5. Excluded descriptions of works.

        4. 6. Defective dwellings.

      3. Renovation grants

        1. 7. Renovation grants: owner's applications and tenant's applications.

        2. 8. Renovation grants: certificates required in case of owner's application.

        3. 9. Renovation grants: certificates required in case of tenant's application.

        4. 10. Renovation grants: prior qualifying period.

        5. 11. Prior qualifying period: the ownership or tenancy condition.

        6. 12. Renovation grants: purposes for which grant may be given.

        7. 13. Renovation grants: approval of application.

      4. Common parts grants

        1. 14. Common parts grants: occupation of flats by occupying tenants.

        2. 15. Common parts grants: landlord's and tenants' applications.

        3. 16. Common parts grants: certificate required to accompany application.

        4. 17. Common parts grants: purposes for which grant may be given.

        5. 18. Common parts grants: approval of application.

      5. Disabled facilities grants

        1. 19. Disabled facilities grants: owner's and tenant's applications.

        2. 20. Disabled facilities grants: the disabled occupant.

        3. 21. Disabled facilities grants: certificate required in case of owner's application.

        4. 22. Disabled facilities grants: certificates required in case of tenant's application.

        5. 23. Disabled facilities grants: purposes for which grant must or may be given.

        6. 24. Disabled facilities grants: approval of application.

      6. HMO grants

        1. 25. HMO grants: the interest of the applicant in the property.

        2. 34. Decision and notification.

      7. Payment of grants

        1. 35. Payment of grants: general.

        2. 36. Delayed payment of mandatory grant.

        3. 37. Payment of grants: conditions as to carrying out of the works.

        4. 38. Payment of grants: conditions as to contractors employed.

        5. 39. Payment of grant to contractor.

        6. 40. Applicant ceasing to be entitled before payment of grant.

        7. 41. Change of circumstances affecting disabled occupant.

        8. 42. Cases in which grants may be re-calculated, withheld or repaid.

        9. 43. Repayment where applicant not entitled to grant.

      8. Grant conditions and repayment

        1. 44. Grant conditions: introductory.

        2. 45. Condition for repayment on disposal: renovation grants.

        3. 46. Condition for repayment on disposal: common parts grants.

        4. 47. Condition for repayment on disposal: HMO grants.

        5. 48. Condition as to owner-occupation: renovation grants.

        6. 49. Condition as to availability for letting: renovation grants.

        7. 50. Conditions as to occupation: HMO grants.

        8. 51. Conditions as to repayment in case of other compensation, &c.

        9. 52. Power to impose other conditions with consent of Secretary of State.

        10. 53. Meaning of relevant disposal.

        11. 54. Meaning of exempt disposal.

        12. 55. Cessation of conditions on repayment of grant, &c.

      9. Supplementary provisions

        1. 56. Provisions relating to death of applicant.

        2. 57. Power of local housing authority to carry out works which would attract grant.

        3. 58. Minor definitions: Chapter I.

        4. 59. Index of defined expressions: Chapter I.

    2. Chapter II

      Group repair schemes

      1. Introductory

        1. 60. Group repair schemes.

        2. 61. Qualifying buildings.

        3. 62. Scheme works.

        4. 63. Approval of scheme by Secretary of State.

      2. Participation in group repair scheme

        1. 64. Persons eligible to participate in group repair scheme.

        2. 65. Scheme consent and restriction on works.

        3. 66. Certificate of completion date.

        4. 67. Contributions by participants.

      3. Variation of group repair scheme

        1. 68. Variation of group repair scheme.

      4. Conditions of participation

        1. 69. Conditions of participation: general.

        2. 70. Condition as to payment of balance of cost on disposal.

        3. 71. Conditions as to occupation.

        4. 72. Meaning of relevant disposal and exempt disposal.

        5. 73. Payment of balance of cost, &c: cessation of conditions.

      5. Supplementary provisions

        1. 74. Power of Secretary of State to modify operation of Chapter.

        2. 75. Index of defined expressions: Chapter II.

    3. Chapter III

      Home repair assistance

      1. 76. Home repair assistance.

      2. 77. Entitlement to home repair assistance.

      3. 78. Assistance in respect of house-boats and mobile homes.

      4. 79. Power to make further provision by regulations.

      5. 80. Index of defined expressions: Chapter III.

    4. Chapter IV

      Deferred action notices, &c.

      1. Deferred action notices

        1. 81. Deferred action notices.

        2. 82. Service of deferred action notices.

        3. 83. Appeals against deferred action notices.

        4. 84. Review of deferred action notices.

        5. 85. Guidance by Secretary of State.

      2. Power to improve enforcement procedures

        1. 86. Unfitness for human habitation &c.: power to improve enforcement procedures.

      3. Power to charge for enforcement action

        1. 87. Unfitness for human habitation, &c.: power to charge for enforcement action.

        2. 88. Recovery of charge for enforcement action.

      4. Supplementary provisions

        1. 89. Power to prescribe forms.

        2. 90. Minor definitions: Chapter IV.

        3. 91. Index of defined expressions: Chapter IV.

    5. Chapter V

      Supplementary provisions

      1. Contributions by Secretary of State

        1. 92. Contributions by the Secretary of State.

        2. 93. Recovery of contributions.

      2. Consent of the Secretary of State

        1. 94. Consent of the Secretary of State.

      3. Parsonages, charities, &c.

        1. 95. Parsonages, charities, &c.

      4. Interpretation

        1. 96. Meaning of "reasonable repair".

        2. 97. Fitness for human habitation.

        3. 98. Members of a person's family and connected persons.

        4. 99. Meaning of "owner" of dwelling.

        5. 100. Disabled persons.

        6. 101. Minor definitions: Part I.

      5. Transitional and consequential provisions

        1. 102. Transitional provisions.

        2. 103. Consequential amendments: Part I.

  2. Part II

    Construction contracts

    1. Introductory provisions

      1. 104. Construction contracts.

      2. 105. Meaning of "construction operations".

      3. 106. Provisions not applicable to contract with residential occupier.

      4. 107. Provisions applicable only to agreements in writing.

    2. Adjudication

      1. 108. Right to refer disputes to adjudication.

    3. Payment

      1. 109. Entitlement to stage payments.

      2. 110. Dates for payment.

      3. 111. Notice of intention to withhold payment.

      4. 112. Right to suspend performance for non-payment.

      5. 113. Prohibition of conditional payment provisions.

    4. Supplementary provisions

      1. 114. The Scheme for Construction Contracts.

      2. 115. Service of notices, &c.

      3. 116. Reckoning periods of time.

      4. 117. Crown application.

  3. Part III

    Architects

    1. The Architects Registration Board

      1. 118. The Board and its committees.

      2. 119. Registrar and staff.

    2. Registration and discipline

      1. 120. Registration.

      2. 121. Discipline.

      3. 122. Code of practice.

    3. Miscellaneous

      1. 123. Offence of practising while not registered.

      2. 124. The Education Fund.

      3. 125. Supplementary.

  4. Part IV

    Grants &c. for regeneration, development and relocation

    1. Financial assistance for regeneration and development

      1. 126. Power of Secretary of State to give financial assistance for regeneration and development.

      2. 127. Regeneration and development: forms of assistance.

      3. 128. Regeneration and development: terms on which assistance is given.

      4. 129. Regeneration and development: consequential amendment.

      5. 130. Regeneration and development: Welsh Development Agency.

    2. Relocation grants in clearance areas

      1. 131. Resolution by local housing authority to pay relocation grants.

      2. 132. Relocation grants: applications and payments.

      3. 133. Relocation grants: qualifying persons and qualifying dwellings.

      4. 134. Relocation grants: amount.

      5. 135. Relocation grants: condition for repayment on disposal.

      6. 136. Relocation grants: conditions as to owner-occupation.

      7. 137. Relocation grants: cessation of conditions on repayment of grant, &c.

      8. 138. Relocation grants: liability to repay is a charge on dwelling.

      9. 139. Relocation grants: contributions by the Secretary of State.

      10. 140. Minor definitions relating to relocation grants.

  5. Part V

    Miscellaneous and general provisions

    1. Miscellaneous provisions

      1. 141. Existing housing grants: meaning of exempt disposal

      2. 142. Home energy efficiency schemes.

      3. 143. Urban development corporations: pre-dissolution transfers.

      4. 144. Housing action trusts: orders for dissolution.

      5. 145. The Commission for the New Towns: orders for dissolution.

    2. General provisions

      1. 146. Orders, regulations and directions.

      2. 147. Repeals and revocations.

      3. 148. Extent.

      4. 149. Corresponding provision for Northern Ireland.

      5. 150. Commencement.

      6. 151. Short title.

  6. Schedules:

    1. Schedule 1

      Private sector renewal: consequential amendments.

    2. Schedule 2

      Architects.

      1. Part I

        New First Schedule to the 19311931 Act.

      2. Part II

        Other amendments.

      3. Part III

        Transitional provisions and savings.

    3. Schedule 3

      Repeals and Revocations.

      1. Part I

        Grants, &c for renewal of private sector housing.

      2. Part II

        Architects.

      3. Part III

        Financial assistance for regeneration and development.

An Act to make provision for grants and other assistance for housing purposes and about action in relation to unfit housing; to amend the law relating to construction contracts and architects; to provide grants and other assistance for regeneration and development and in connection with clearance areas; to amend the provisions relating to home energy efficiency schemes; to make provision in connection with the dissolution of urban development corporations, housing action trusts and the Commission for the New Towns; and for connected purposes.

[24th July 1996]

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:--



Part I Grants, &c. for renewal of private sector housing

Chapter I The main grants

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Introductory

1 Grants for improvements and repairs, &c

(1) Grants are available from local housing authorities in accordance with this Chapter towards the cost of works required for--

(a) the improvement or repair of dwellings, houses in multiple occupation or the common parts of buildings containing one or more flats,

(b) the provision of dwellings or houses in multiple occupation by the conversion of a house or other building, and

(c) the provision of facilities for disabled persons in dwellings and in the common parts of buildings containing one or more flats.

(2) A grant relating to--

(a) the improvement or repair of a dwelling, or

(b) the provision of dwellings by the conversion of a house or other building,

is referred to as a "renovation grant".

(3) A grant relating to the improvement or repair of the common parts of a building is referred to as a "common parts grant".

(4) A grant for the provision of facilities for a disabled person--

(a) in a dwelling, or

(b) in the common parts of a building containing one or more flats,

is referred to as a "disabled facilities grant".

(5) A grant for--

(a) the improvement or repair of a house in multiple occupation, or

(b) the provision of a house in multiple occupation by the conversion of a house or other building,

is referred to as an "HMO grant".

(6) In the following provisions of this Chapter the expression"grant", without more, means any of these types of grant.

2 Applications for grants

(1) No grant shall be paid unless an application for it is made to the local housing authority in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter and is approved by them.

(2) An application for a grant shall be in writing and shall specify the premises to which it relates and contain--

(a) particulars of the works in respect of which the grant is sought (in this Chapter referred to as the "relevant works");

(b) unless the local housing authority otherwise direct in any particular case, at least two estimates from different contractors of the cost of carrying out the relevant works;

(c) particulars of any preliminary or ancillary services and charges in respect of the cost of which the grant is also sought; and

(d) such other particulars as may be prescribed.

(3) In this Chapter"preliminary or ancillary services and charges", in relation to an application for a grant, means services and charges which--

(a) relate to the application and the preparation for and the carrying out of works, and

(b) are specified for the purposes of this subsection by order of the Secretary of State.

(4) The Secretary of State may by regulations prescribe a form of application for a grant and an application for a grant to which any such regulations apply is not validly made unless it is in the prescribed form.



Preliminary conditions

3 Ineligible applicants

(1) No grant is payable under this Chapter unless the applicant is aged 18 or over on the date of the application.

In the case of a joint application, any applicant under the age of 18 years on the date of the application shall be left out of account.

(2) No grant is payable under this Chapter if the person who would otherwise qualify as the applicant for the grant is--

(a) a local authority;

(b) a new town corporation;

(c) an urban development corporation;

(d) a housing action trust;

(e) the Development Board for Rural Wales;

(f) a health authority, special health authority or NHS trust;

(g) a police authority established under section 3 of the [1964 c. 48.] Police Act 1964;

(h) a joint authority established by Part IV of the [1985 c. 51.] Local Government Act 1985;

(i) a residuary body established by Part VII of that Act; or

(j) an authority established under section 10(1) of that Act (waste disposal).

(3) No grant is payable under this Chapter if the applicant is of a description excluded from entitlement to grant aid by regulations made by the Secretary of State.

(4) Regulations under subsection (3) may proceed wholly or in part by reference to the provisions relating to entitlement to housing benefit, or any other form of assistance, as they have effect from time to time.

4 The age of the property

(1) A local housing authority shall not entertain an application for a grant in respect of premises provided (by construction or conversion) less than ten years before the date of the application, unless--

(a) the application is for a disabled facilities grant, or

(b) the application is for an HMO grant in respect of a house in multiple occupation provided by conversion.

(2) The Secretary of State may by order amend subsection (1) so as to substitute another period for that specified.

5 Excluded descriptions of works

(1) No grant is payable in respect of works of a description excluded from grant aid under this Chapter by regulations made by the Secretary of State.

(2) Regulations may be made with respect to local housing authorities generally or to a particular local housing authority and may be made with respect to particular areas.

(3) Regulations may specify descriptions of works for which grant aid is not to be available without the Secretary of State's consent, which may be given--

(a) to local housing authorities generally or to a particular local housing authority,

(b) with respect to particular areas, or

(c) with respect to applications generally or to a particular description of application.

6 Defective dwellings

(1) No grant is payable if--

(a) the dwelling, house or building is or forms part of a building of a class designated under section 528 or 559 of the [1985 c. 68.] Housing Act 1985 (defective dwellings),

(b) the applicant is eligible for assistance under Part XVI of that Act in respect of a defective dwelling which is or forms part of the dwelling, house or building concerned, and

(c) the relevant works are, within the meaning of that Part, works required to reinstate that defective dwelling.

(2) If the local housing authority consider that the relevant works include works for which assistance is available under Part XVI of the Housing Act 1985 (assistance for owners of defective housing), they shall treat the application as if the relevant works did not include those works.



Renovation grants

7 Renovation grants: owner's applications and tenant's applications

(1) A local housing authority shall not entertain an application for a renovation grant unless they are satisfied--

(a) that the applicant has, or proposes to acquire, an owner's interest in every parcel of land on which the relevant works are to be carried out, or

(b) in the case of an application other than a conversion application, that the applicant is a qualifying tenant of the dwelling (alone or jointly with others) but does not have, or propose to acquire, an owner's interest in the dwelling.

(2) References in this Chapter to an "owner's application" or a "tenant's application", in relation to a renovation grant, shall be construed accordingly.

(3) In accordance with directions given by the Secretary of State, a local housing authority may treat the condition in subsection (1)(a) as met by a person who has, or proposes to acquire, an owner's interest in only part of the land concerned.

(4) References in this Chapter to"a qualifying owner's interest", in relation to an application for a renovation grant, are to an owner's interest meeting the condition in subsection (1)(a) or treated by virtue of subsection (3) as meeting that condition.

(5) In this Chapter a"qualifying tenant", in relation to an application for a renovation grant, means a person who (alone or jointly with others) is a tenant of the premises to which the application relates--

(a) who is required by the terms of his tenancy to carry out the relevant works and whose tenancy is not of a description excluded from this subsection by order of the Secretary of State, or

(b) whose tenancy is of a description specified for the purposes of this subsection by order of the Secretary of State.

(6) In subsection (5) "tenant" includes a person having a licence to occupy the premises concerned which satisfies such conditions as may be specified by order of the Secretary of State.

References in this Chapter to tenants and other expressions relating to tenancies, in the context of a tenant's application for a renovation grant, shall be construed accordingly.

8 Renovation grants: certificates required in case of owner's application

(1) A local housing authority shall not entertain an owner's application for a renovation grant unless it is accompanied by an owner-occupation certificate or a certificate of intended letting in respect of the dwelling to which the application relates or, in the case of a conversion application, in respect of each of the dwellings to be provided.

(2) An "owner-occupation certificate" certifies that the applicant--

(a) has or proposes to acquire a qualifying owner's interest, and

(b) intends that throughout the grant condition period he or a member of his family will live in the dwelling as his (or that member's) only or main residence.

(3) A "certificate of intended letting" certifies that the applicant--

(a) has or proposes to acquire a qualifying owner's interest, and

(b) intends that throughout the grant condition period the dwelling will be let or available for letting as a residence (and not for a holiday) to a person who is not connected with the owner for the time being of the dwelling.

In paragraph (b) "letting" does not include a letting on a long tenancy.

(4) In subsection (3) references to letting include the grant of a licence to occupy premises.

References in this Chapter to tenants and other expressions relating to tenancies, in the context of a certificate of intended letting, shall be construed accordingly.

(5) Where section 10 applies (prior qualifying period in certain cases) a local housing authority shall not entertain an owner's application for a renovation grant unless it is also accompanied by a certificate specifying how the requirements of that section are met.

9 Renovation grants: certificates required in case of tenant's application

(1) A local housing authority shall not entertain a tenant's application for a renovation grant unless it is accompanied by a tenant's certificate.

(2) A "tenant's certificate" certifies--

(a) that the applicant is a qualifying tenant of the dwelling, and

(b) that he or a member of his family intends to live in the dwelling as his (or that member's) only or main residence.

(3) Except where the authority consider it unreasonable in the circumstances to require such a certificate, they shall not entertain a tenant's application for a renovation grant unless it is also accompanied by a certificate of intended letting (see section 8(3)) by the person who at the time of the application is the landlord under the tenancy.

(4) Where section 10 applies (prior qualifying period in certain cases) a local housing authority shall not entertain a tenant's application for a renovation grant unless it is also accompanied by a certificate specifying how the requirements of that section are met.

10 Renovation grants: prior qualifying period

(1) Subject to subsection (3), a local housing authority shall not entertain an application to which this section applies unless they are satisfied--

(a) that the ownership or tenancy condition (see section 11) was met throughout the qualifying period, and

(b) in the case of an application accompanied by an owner-occupation certificate or a tenant's certificate, that the applicant lived in the dwelling as his only or main residence throughout that period.

In the case of a joint application it is sufficient if those conditions are met by any of the applicants.

(2) The qualifying period for the purposes of this section is the period of three years, or such other period as may be specified by order of the Secretary of State, ending with the date of the application.

(3) A local housing authority may dispense with compliance with either or both of the conditions in subsection (1), and may do so either generally or in relation to particular cases or descriptions of case.

(4) Subject to subsection (5), this section applies to every application for a renovation grant, other than--

(a) a conversion application,

(b) an application in respect of a dwelling in a renewal area,

(c) an application in respect of works to provide means of escape in case of fire or other fire precautions, or

(d) an application of any other description excepted from this section by order of the Secretary of State.

(5) This section does not apply to a landlord's application unless the Secretary of State by order so provides, which he may do with respect to all landlord's applications or any description of landlord's application.

Any such order may provide that this section applies to a landlord's application notwithstanding that it is of a kind mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (d) of subsection (4).

(6) A "landlord's application" for a renovation grant means an owner's application which is accompanied by a certificate of intended letting.

A conversion application for the provision of two or more dwellings shall not be treated as a landlord's application if any of the certificates accompanying the application is an owner-occupation certificate.

11 Prior qualifying period: the ownership or tenancy condition

(1) The"ownership or tenancy condition" for the purposes of section 10 is that the applicant had a qualifying owner's interest in, or was a qualifying tenant of, the dwelling.

That condition shall be treated as having been met in the following circumstances.

(2) Where the applicant took his owner's interest or became a qualifying tenant under the will or on the intestacy of a member of his family, the ownership or tenancy condition shall be treated as having been met--

(a) during any period when the deceased both held a qualifying owner's interest in or was a qualifying tenant of the dwelling and lived in the dwelling as his only or main residence, and

(b) if immediately before his death the deceased both--

(i) held such an interest or was such a tenant, and

(ii) lived in the dwelling as his only or main residence,

during any period not exceeding one year when his personal representatives, or the Public Trustee under section 9 of the [1925 c. 23.] Administration of Estates Act 1925, held such an interest or was such a tenant.

(3) The local housing authority may treat a person as continuing to meet the residence requirement in subsection (2)(a) or (b)(ii) for up to a year after he has, by reason of age or infirmity--

(a) gone to live with and be cared for by a member of his family, or

(b) gone to live in a hospital, hospice, sheltered housing, residential care home or similar institution.

(4) Where the applicant took his owner's interest or became a qualifying tenant by virtue of a disposal made by a member of his family, and the authority are satisfied--

(a) that the person making the disposal was elderly or infirm, and

(b) that he made the disposal with the intention of--

(i) going to live with and be cared for by a member of his family, or

(ii) going to live in a hospital, hospice, sheltered housing, residential care home or similar institution as his only or main residence,

the ownership or tenancy condition shall be treated as having been met during any period ending on the date of the disposal when the person making the disposal held a qualifying owner's interest in or was a qualifying tenant of the dwelling.

(5) Where the applicant took his owner's interest or became a qualifying tenant by virtue of a disposal made by his spouse, and the authority are satisfied that the disposal was made as a result of arrangements in relation to divorce, judicial separation or declaration of nullity of marriage, the ownership or tenancy condition shall be treated as having been met during any period ending on the date of the disposal when the spouse held a qualifying owner's interest in or was a qualifying tenant of the dwelling.

(6) The references in subsection (5) to the spouse of the applicant--

(a) in the case of divorce, include his former spouse, and

(b) in the case of a declaration of nullity, shall be construed as references to the other party to the marriage.

12 Renovation grants: purposes for which grant may be given

(1) The purposes for which an application for a renovation grant, other than a conversion application, may be approved are the following--

(a) to comply with a notice under section 189 of the [1985 c. 68.] Housing Act 1985 (repair notice in respect of unfit premises) or otherwise to render the dwelling fit for human habitation;

(b) to comply with a notice under section 190 of that Act (repair notice in respect of premises not unfit but in need of substantial repair) or otherwise to put the dwelling in reasonable repair;

(c) to provide adequate thermal insulation;

(d) to provide adequate facilities for space heating;

(e) to provide satisfactory internal arrangements;

(f) to provide means of escape in case of fire or other fire precautions, not being precautions required under or by virtue of any enactment (whenever passed);

(g) to ensure that the dwelling complies with such requirements with respect to construction or physical condition as may be specified by the Secretary of State;

(h) to ensure that there is compliance with such requirements with respect to the provision or condition of services and amenities to or within the dwelling as are so specified;

(i) any other purpose for the time being specified for the purposes of this section by order of the Secretary of State.

(2) The purpose for which a conversion application may be approved is to provide one or more dwellings by the conversion of a house or other building.

(3) If in the opinion of the authority the relevant works are more or less extensive than is necessary to achieve any of the purposes set out in subsection (1) or (2), they may, with the consent of the applicant, treat the application as varied so that the relevant works are limited to or, as the case may be, include such works as seem to the authority to be necessary for that purpose.

(4) The reference in paragraph (f) of subsection (1) to precautions required under or by virtue of an enactment does not include precautions required to comply with a notice under section 352 of the Housing Act 1985 (notice requiring execution of works to render house in multiple occupation fit for number of occupants) so far as it relates to premises which are not part of a house in multiple occupation for the purposes of this Part.

(5) In exercise of the powers conferred by paragraphs (g) and (h) of subsection (1) the Secretary of State may specify requirements generally or for particular cases, and may specify different requirements for different areas.

13 Renovation grants: approval of application

(1) The local housing authority may approve an application for a renovation grant if they think fit, subject to the following provisions.

(2) The authority shall not approve an application for a renovation grant unless they are satisfied that the works are necessary for one or more of the purposes set out in section 12(1) or (2).

(3) Where an authority entertain an owner's application for a renovation grant made by a person who proposes to acquire a qualifying owner's interest, they shall not approve the application until they are satisfied that he has done so.

(4) An authority proposing to approve an application for a renovation grant shall consider whether the premises to which it relates are fit for human habitation.

(5) If it appears to the authority that the premises are not fit for human habitation, they shall not approve the application unless they are satisfied--

(a) that on completion of the relevant works, together with any other works proposed to be carried out, the premises will be fit for human habitation,

(b) that there are satisfactory financial and other arrangements for carrying out those works, and

(c) that the carrying out of the works is the most satisfactory course of action.

(6) In considering whether to approve an application for a renovation grant the authority shall have regard to the expected life of the building (taking account, where appropriate, of the effect of carrying out the works).



Common parts grants

14 Common parts grants: occupation of flats by occupying tenants

(1) A local housing authority shall not entertain an application for a common parts grant unless they are satisfied that at the date of the application at least the required proportion of the flats in the building concerned is occupied by occupying tenants.

(2) In this Chapter an "occupying tenant", in relation to a flat in a building, means a person who has in relation to the flat (alone or jointly with others)--

(a) a tenancy to which section 1 of the [1954 c. 56.] Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 or Schedule 10 to the [1989 c. 42.] Local Government and Housing Act 1989 applies (long tenancies at low rents),

(b) an assured tenancy, a protected tenancy, a secure tenancy or a statutory tenancy,

(c) a protected occupancy under the [1976 c. 80.] Rent (Agriculture) Act 1976 or an assured agricultural occupancy within the meaning of Part I of the [1988 c. 50.] Housing Act 1988, or

(d) a tenancy or licence which satisfies such conditions as may be specified by order of the Secretary of State,

and who occupies the flat as his only or main residence.

References in this Chapter to other expressions relating to tenancies, in the context of an application for a common parts grant, shall be construed accordingly.

(3) The "required proportion" mentioned in subsection (1) is three-quarters or such other proportion as may be--

(a) specified for the purposes of this section by an order of the Secretary of State, or

(b) approved by him, in relation to a particular case or description of case, on application made by the local housing authority concerned.

15 Common parts grants: landlord's and tenants' applications

(1) A local housing authority shall not entertain an application for a common parts grant unless they are satisfied--

(a) that the applicant has an owner's interest in the building and has a duty or power to carry out the relevant works, or

(b) that the application is made by at least three-quarters of the occupying tenants of the building who under their tenancies have a duty to carry out, or to make a contribution in respect of the carrying out of, some or all of the relevant works.

(2) References in this Chapter to a "landlord's application" and a "tenants' application", in relation to a common parts grant, shall be construed accordingly.

(3) In deciding whether the requirement in subsection (1)(b) is met--

(a) where a tenancy is held by two or more persons jointly, those persons shall be regarded as a single occupying tenant; and

(b) a tenant whose tenancy is of a description specified for the purposes of that paragraph by order of the Secretary of State shall be treated as an occupying tenant falling within that paragraph.

(4) A person who has an owner's interest in the building and who has a duty or power to carry out any of the relevant works may also join in a tenants' application for a common parts grant; and where such a person does join in an application, he is in this Chapter referred to as a "participating landlord".

16 Common parts grants: certificate required to accompany application

(1) A local housing authority shall not entertain a landlord's application for a common parts grant unless it is accompanied by a certificate signed by the applicant which--

(a) specifies the interest of the applicant in the building, and

(b) certifies that the required proportion of the flats in the building is occupied by occupying tenants.

(2) A local housing authority shall not entertain a tenants' application for a common parts grant unless it is accompanied by a certificate signed by each of the applicants which--

(a) specifies the interest of each of the applicants in each flat in the building, and

(b) certifies that the required proportion of the flats in the building is occupied by occupying tenants.

17 Common parts grants: purposes for which grant may be given

(1) The purposes for which an application for a common parts grant may be approved are--

(a) to comply with a notice under section 189 of the [1985 c. 68.] Housing Act 1985 (repair notice in respect of unfit premises) or otherwise to cause the building to meet the requirements in section 604(2) of that Act;

(b) to comply with a notice under section 190 of that Act (repair notice in respect of premises not unfit but in need of substantial repair) or otherwise to put the building in reasonable repair;

(c) to comply with a notice under section 352 of that Act (notice requiring works to render premises fit for the number of occupants) or otherwise to enable the house to meet one or more of the requirements in subsection (1A) of that section;

(d) to provide adequate thermal insulation;

(e) to provide adequate facilities for space heating;

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