Local Authorities HOUSING ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Vesting of certain houses constructed on State Lands in Local Authorities.

3. Power of Local Authority to let houses to persons on terms which enable them to become owners of such houses.

4. Special provisions of regarding value house for the purposes of determining rent.

5. Payment of deposits.

5A. Power of Local Authority to transfer certain houses to which this Act applies.

6. Advisory Boards.

7. Housing Extension Fund.

8. Expenses of letting houses under this Act.

9. Duty of tenants to vacate houses on termination of occupation.

10. Signing of documents on behalf of.

11. Regulations.

11A. This Act not to apply to houses to officers or servants of Local Authorities.

12. Interpretation.

14 of 1964,

63 of 1979.

AN ACT to provide for the vesting in Local Authorities of certain houses built on State Lands; to give power to Local Authorities to let such houses on terms which will enable the tenants to become owners thereof; to constitute advisory boards to give advice to Local Authorities on Housing schemes and other matters; and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 1st April, 1975]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Local Authorities Housing Act.

2. Vesting of certain houses constructed on State Lands in Local Authorities.

(1) With effect from the appointed date every house which on or before that, date was constructed for the housing of one or more working or middle-class family or families on State Land situated within the administrative limits of any Local Authority out of funds provided wholly by the Government, or partly by the Government and partly by that Local Authority, shall, together with the land appertaining thereto, vest in that Local Authority.

(2) Upon the construction after the appointed date of any house on State Land situated within the administrative limits of any Local Authority for the Housing of one or more working or middle-class family or families, the Minister shall by a vesting Order vest in that Local Authority that house and the land appertaining thereto.

(3) The preceding provisions of this section shall not apply to any house constructed or to be constructed on State Land within the administrative limits of any Local Authority by the Department of National Housing or any other Government Department.

3. Power of Local Authority to let houses to persons on terms which enable them to become owners of such houses.

(1) Subject as hereinafter provided, a Local Authority may, either upon a resolution passed in that behalf at a duly constituted meeting of that Local Authority or upon the direction of the Minister, let to any person any house—

(a) which has vested in that Local Authority under section 2; or

(b) which has been, or may be, constructed by that Local Authority within the administrative limits of that Local Authority for the purpose of residence, on such terms as will enable that person to become the owner of that house and the land appertaining thereto after making certain number of monthly payments as rent.

(2) In determining the person to whom a house to which this Act applies shall be let under subsection (1), the Local Authority shall have regard primarily to the interests of persons requiring housing accommodation, and shall in particular have regard to the following considerations, that is to say, that the house should be let at a reasonable rent to a person who is a citizen of Sri Lanka and whose name appears in the electoral list prepared for the general election of members of that Local Authority—

(3) Where any person is in occupation as a tenant of any house to which this Act applies, the Local Authority within the administrative limits of which such house is situated shall not let such house to any other person under the provisions of subsection (1)—

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