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Duty to provide information.     90. - (1) Where the right to manage premises is to be acquired by a RTM company, a person who is-
 
 
    (a) landlord under a lease of the whole or any part of the premises,
 
    (b) party to such a lease otherwise than as landlord or tenant, or
 
    (c) a manager appointed under Part II of the 1987 Act to act in relation to the premises, or any premises containing or contained in the premises,
       must provide the company with any information which is in his possession or control and which the company reasonably requires him to provide in connection with the exercise of the right to manage.
 
      (2) Where the information is recorded in a document in his possession or control the RTM company may require him-
 
 
    (a) to permit any person authorised to act on behalf of the company at any reasonable time to inspect the document (or, if the information is recorded in the document in a form in which it is not readily intelligible, to give any such person access to it in a readily intelligible form), and
 
    (b) to supply the company with a copy of the document containing the information in a readily intelligible form.
      (3) A person may not be required to do anything under this section before the acquisition date or, if the acquisition date is before the end of the period of four months beginning with the relevant date, before the end of that period.
 
      (4) But, subject to that, a person who is required to do anything under this section must do it within the period of 28 days beginning with the day on which the requirement is imposed.
 
Duty to pay accrued uncommitted service charges.     91. - (1) Where the right to manage premises is to be acquired by a RTM company, a person who is-
 
 
    (a) landlord under a lease of the whole or any part of the premises,
 
    (b) party to such a lease otherwise than as landlord or tenant, or
 
    (c) a manager appointed under Part II of the 1987 Act to act in relation to the premises, or any premises containing or contained in the premises,
       must make to the company a payment equal to the amount of any accrued uncommitted service charges held by him on the acquisition date.
 
      (2) The amount of any accrued uncommitted service charges is the aggregate of-
 
 
    (a) any sums which have been paid to the person by way of service charges in respect of the premises, and
 
    (b) any investments which represent such sums (and any income which has accrued on them),
       less so much (if any) of that amount as is required to meet the costs previously incurred in connection with the matters for which the service charges were payable.
 
      (3) He or the RTM company may make an application to a leasehold valuation tribunal to determine the amount of any payment which falls to be made under this section.
 
      (4) If the acquisition date is before the end of the period of four months beginning with the relevant date, the duty imposed by this section need not be complied with until the end of that period.
 
      (5) But otherwise that duty must be complied with on the acquisition date or as soon after that date as is reasonably practicable.
 
 
Exercising right
Introductory.     92. Sections 93 to 100 apply where the right to manage premises has been acquired by a RTM company (and has not ceased to be exercisable by it).
 
Management functions under leases.     93. - (1) This section and section 94 apply in relation to management functions relating to the whole or any part of the premises.
 
      (2) Management functions which a person who is landlord under a lease of the whole or any part of the premises has under the lease are instead functions of the RTM company.
 
      (3) And where a person is party to a lease of the whole or any part of the premises otherwise than as landlord or tenant, management functions of his under the lease are also instead functions of the RTM company.
 
      (4) Accordingly, any provisions of the lease making provision about the relationship of-
 
 
    (a) a person who is landlord under the lease, and
 
    (b) a person who is party to the lease otherwise than as landlord or tenant,
       in relation to such functions do not have effect.
 
      (5) "Management functions" are functions with respect to services, repairs, maintenance, improvements, insurance and management.
 
      (6) But this section does not apply in relation to-
 
 
    (a) functions with respect to a matter concerning only a part of the premises consisting of a flat or other unit not held under a lease by a qualifying tenant, or
 
    (b) functions relating to re-entry or forfeiture.
      (7) An order amending subsection (5) or (6) may be made by the appropriate national authority.
 
Management functions: supplementary.     94. - (1) Any obligation owed by the RTM company by virtue of section 93 to a tenant under a lease of the whole or any part of the premises is also owed to each person who is landlord under the lease.
 
      (2) A person who is-
 
 
    (a) landlord under a lease of the whole or any part of the premises,
 
    (b) party to such a lease otherwise than as landlord or tenant, or
 
    (c) a manager appointed under Part II of the 1987 Act to act in relation to the premises, or any premises containing or contained in the premises,
       is not entitled to do anything which the RTM company is required or empowered to do under the lease by virtue of section 93, except in accordance with an agreement made by him and the RTM company.
 
      (3) But subsection (2) does not prevent any person from insuring the whole or any part of the premises at his own expense.
 
      (4) So far as any function of a tenant under a lease of the whole or any part of the premises-
 
 
    (a) relates to the exercise of any function under the lease which is a function of the RTM company by virtue of section 93, and
 
    (b) is exercisable in relation to a person who is landlord under the lease or party to the lease otherwise than as landlord or tenant,
       it is instead exercisable in relation to the RTM company.
 
      (5) But subsection (4) does not require or permit the payment to the RTM company of so much of any service charges payable by a tenant under a lease of the whole or any part of the premises as is required to meet costs incurred before the right to manage was acquired by the RTM company in connection with matters for which the service charges are payable.
 
Functions relating to approvals.     95. - (1) This section and section 96 apply in relation to the grant of approvals under long leases of the whole or any part of the premises.
 
      (2) Where a person who is-
 
 
    (a) landlord under a long lease of the whole or any part of the premises, or
 
    (b) party to such a lease otherwise than as landlord or tenant,
       has functions in relation to the grant of approvals to a tenant under the lease, the functions are instead functions of the RTM company.
 
      (3) Accordingly, any provisions of the lease making provision about the relationship of-
 
 
    (a) a person who is landlord under the lease, and
 
    (b) a person who is party to the lease otherwise than as landlord or tenant,
       in relation to such functions do not have effect.
 
      (4) The RTM company must not grant an approval by virtue of subsection (2) without having given-
 
 
    (a) in the case of an approval relating to assignment, underletting, charging, parting with possession, the making of improvements or alterations of use, 30 days' notice, or
 
    (b) in any other case, 14 days' notice,
       to the person who is, or each of the persons who are, landlord under the lease.
 
      (5) Regulations increasing the period of notice to be given under subsection (4)(b) in the case of any description of approval may be made by the appropriate national authority.
 
      (6) So far as any function of a tenant under a long lease of the whole or any part of the premises-
 
 
    (a) relates to the exercise of any function which is a function of the RTM company by virtue of this section, and
 
    (b) is exercisable in relation to a person who is landlord under the lease or party to the lease otherwise than as landlord or tenant,
       it is instead exercisable in relation to the RTM company.
 
      (7) In this Chapter "approval" includes consent or licence and "approving" is to be construed accordingly.
 
Approvals: supplementary.     96. - (1) If a person to whom notice is given under section 95(4) objects to the grant of the approval before the time when the RTM company would first be entitled to grant it, the RTM company may grant it only-
 
 
    (a) in accordance with the written agreement of the person who objected, or
 
    (b) in accordance with a determination of (or on an appeal from) a leasehold valuation tribunal.
      (2) An objection to the grant of the approval may not be made by a person unless he could withhold the approval if the function of granting it were exercisable by him (and not by the RTM company).
 
      (3) And a person may not make an objection operating only if a condition or requirement is not satisfied unless he could grant the approval subject to the condition or requirement being satisfied if the function of granting it were so exercisable.
 
      (4) An objection to the grant of the approval is made by giving notice of the objection (and of any condition or requirement which must be satisfied if it is not to operate) to-
 
 
    (a) the RTM company, and
 
    (b) the tenant,
       and, if the approval is to a tenant approving an act of a sub-tenant, to the sub-tenant.
 
      (5) An application to a leasehold valuation tribunal for a determination under subsection (1)(b) may be made by-
 
 
    (a) the RTM company,
 
    (b) the tenant,
 
    (c) if the approval is to a tenant approving an act of a sub-tenant, the sub-tenant, or
 
    (d) any person who is landlord under the lease.
 
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