(1) Subject to the following provisions of this section, in this Chapter “owner-occupier”, in relation to a hereditament, means—
(a) a person who occupies the whole or a substantial part of the hereditament in right of an owner's interest in it, and has so occupied the hereditament or that part of it during the whole of the period of six months ending with the date of service; or
(b) if the whole or a substantial part of the hereditament was unoccupied for a period of not more than 12 months ending with that date, a person
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