Clause 155 - vacancy condition

Part of Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill – in the House of Commons at 5:30 pm on 23 November 2022.

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Amendments made: 40, page 176, line 16, leave out “a trespasser” and insert “—

(a) a trespasser, or

(b) a person living in premises that are not designed or adapted for residential use,”

This amendment means that the use of non-residential premises as living accommodation will not prevent premises from being treated as “unoccupied” for the purposes of the rental auction process.

Amendment 41, page 176, line 22, after “involves the” insert “use of the premises for activity that—

(a) is substantial,

(b) is sustained, and

(c) involves the”.—(Dehenna Davison.)

This amendment requires premises to be used for activity that is substantial and sustained (as well as involving the regular presence of people) for the premises not to be treated as “unoccupied” for the purposes of the rental auction process.