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PART I, COMMONHOLD - continued

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The Crown.     60. This Part binds the Crown.
Orders and regulations.     61. - (1) In this Part "prescribed" means prescribed by regulations.
      (2) Regulations under this Part shall be made-
    (a) in the case of regulations under section 58(3), by the Lord Chancellor and the Secretary of State acting jointly, and
    (b) in any other case, by the Lord Chancellor.
      (3) Regulations under this Part-
    (a) shall be made by statutory instrument,
    (b) may include incidental, supplemental, consequential and transitional provision,
    (c) may make provision generally or only in relation to specified cases,
    (d) may make different provision for different purposes, and
    (e) shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.
Registration procedure.     62. - (1) The Lord Chancellor may make rules about-
    (a) the procedure to be followed on or in respect of commonhold registration documents, and
    (b) the registration of freehold estates in commonhold land.
      (2) Rules under this section-
    (a) shall be made by statutory instrument in the same manner as rules under section 144 of the Land Registration Act 1925 (general rules),
    (b) may make provision for any matter for which provision is or may be made by rules under section 144, and
    (c) may provide for rules under section 144 to have effect in relation to anything done by virtue of or for the purposes of this Part as they have effect in relation to anything done by virtue of or for the purposes of that Act.
      (3) Rules under this section may, in particular, make provision-
    (a) about the form and content of a commonhold registration document;
    (b) disapplying section 64 of the Land Registration Act 1925 (production of certificate) where action is taken in respect of a commonhold registration document or in respect of an order of a court or tribunal;
    (c) enabling the Registrar to cancel an application by virtue of this Part in specified circumstances;
    (d) enabling the Registrar, in particular, to cancel an application by virtue of this Part if he thinks that plans submitted with it (whether as part of a commonhold community statement or otherwise) are insufficiently clear or accurate;
    (e) about the order in which commonhold registration documents and general registration documents are to be dealt with by the Registrar;
    (f) for registration to take effect (whether or not retrospectively) as from a date or time determined in accordance with the rules.
      (4) The rules may also make provision about satisfaction of a requirement for an application by virtue of this Part to be accompanied by a document; in particular the rules may-
    (a) permit or require a copy of a document to be submitted in place of or in addition to the original;
    (b) require a copy to be certified in a specified manner;
    (c) permit or require the submission of a document in electronic form.
      (5) A commonhold registration document must be accompanied by such fee (if any) as is specified for that purpose by order under section 145 of the Land Registration Act 1925 (fees).
      (6) In this section-
    "commonhold registration document" means an application or other document sent to the Registrar by virtue of this Part, and
    "general registration document" means a document sent to the Registrar under a provision of the Land Registration Act 1925.
Jurisdiction.     63. - (1) In this Part "the court" means the High Court or a county court.
      (2) Provision made by or under this Part conferring jurisdiction on a court shall be subject to provision made under section 1 of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 (allocation of business between High Court and county courts).
      (3) A power under this Part to confer jurisdiction on a court includes power to confer jurisdiction on a tribunal established under an enactment.
      (4) Rules of court or rules of procedure for a tribunal may make provision about proceedings brought-
    (a) under or by virtue of any provision of this Part, or
    (b) in relation to commonhold land.
The register.     64. - (1) In this Part-
    "the register" means the register of title to freehold and leasehold land kept under section 1 of the Land Registration Act 1925,
    "registered" means registered in the register, and
    "the Registrar" means the Chief Land Registrar.
      (2) Regulations under any provision of this Part may confer functions on the Registrar (including discretionary functions).
      (3) The Registrar shall comply with any direction or requirement given to him or imposed on him under or by virtue of this Part.
      (4) Where the Registrar thinks it appropriate in consequence of or for the purpose of anything done or proposed to be done in connection with this Part, he may-
    (a) make or cancel an entry on the register;
    (b) take any other action.
      (5) Subsection (4) is subject to section 6(2).
      (6) After section 126(4) of the Land Registration Act 1925 (expenses of Registrar) there shall be inserted-
    "(4A) The reference in subsection (4) to expenses of carrying this Act into effect includes a reference to expenses incurred for a purpose connected with the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2001."
Amendments.     65. Schedule 5 (consequential amendments) shall have effect.
Interpretation.     66. - (1) In this Part-
    "instrument" includes any document, and
    "object" in relation to a commonhold association means an object stated in the association's memorandum of association in accordance with section 2(1)(c) of the Companies Act 1985.
      (2) In this Part-
    (a) a reference to a duty to insure includes a reference to a duty to use the proceeds of insurance for the purpose of rebuilding or reinstating, and
    (b) a reference to maintaining property includes a reference to decorating it and to putting it into sound condition.
      (3) A provision of the Law of Property Act 1925, the Land Registration Act 1925 or the Companies Act 1985 defining an expression shall apply to the use of the expression in this Part unless the contrary intention appears.
Index of defined expressions.     67. In this Part the expressions listed below are defined by the provisions specified.
Interpretation provision
Common parts
Section 24
A commonhold
Section 1
Commonhold association
Section 33
Commonhold community statement
Section 30
Commonhold land
Section 1
Commonhold unit
Section 11
Section 63
Section 56
Development business
Section 56
Exercising functions
Section 8
Insolvent commonhold association
Section 47
Section 66
Section 66
Joint unit-holder
Section 13
Liquidator (sections 41 to 46)
Section 41
Section 66
Section 66
Section 61
The register
Section 64
Section 64
Registered freeholder
Section 2
The Registrar
Section 64
Section 61
Succession order
Section 48
Successor commonhold association
Section 47
Termination application
Section 43
Transitional period
Section 8
Transfer (of unit)
Section 15
Section 12
Winding-up resolution
Section 41
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