Fires Prevention (Metropolis) Act 1774

  • repealed
  • Fires Prevention (Metropolis) Act 1774: ceased to have effect as part of the laws of New Zealand, on 1 January 2008, pursuant to section 365(1) of the Property Law Act 2007 (2007 No 91).

Reprint
as at 1 January 2008

Fires Prevention (Metropolis) Act 1774

Imperial ActNo 78
  • Fires Prevention (Metropolis) Act 1774: ceased to have effect as part of the laws of New Zealand, on 1 January 2008, pursuant to section 365(1) of the Property Law Act 2007 (2007 No 91).


Note

Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this eprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this eprint, together with other explanatory material about this eprint.

Source: New Zealand Parliamentary Library, International Documents Collection


83 Money insured on houses burnt how to be applied.
  • And, in order to deter and hinder ill-minded persons from wilfully setting their house or houses, or other buildings, on fire, with a view of gaining to themselves the insurance money, whereby the lives and fortunes of many families may be lost or endangered; be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, that it shall and may be lawful to and for the respective Governors or Directors of the several insurance offices for insuring houses or other buildings against loss by fire, and they are hereby authorised and required, upon the request of any person or persons interested in or intitled unto any house or houses, or other buildings which may hereafter be burnt down, demolished, or damaged by fire, or upon any grounds of suspicion that the owner or owners, occupier or occupiers, or other person or persons who shall have insured such house or houses, or other buildings, have been guilty of fraud, or of wilfully setting their house or houses, or other buildings, on fire, to cause the insurance money to be laid out and expended, as far as the same will go, towards rebuilding, reinstating, or repairing, such house or houses, or other buildings, so burnt down, demolished, or damaged by fire; unless the party or parties claiming such insurance money shall, within sixty days next after his, her, or their claim is adjusted, give a sufficient security to the Governors or Directors of the insurance office where such house or houses, or other buildings, are insured, that the same insurance money shall be laid out and expended as aforesaid; or unless the said insurance money shall be, in that time, settled and disposed of to and amongst all the contending parties, to the satisfaction and approbation of such Governors or Directors of such insurance office respectively.

86 No action to lie against a person where the fire accidentally begins.
  • And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, that no action, suit, or process whatever, shall be had, maintained, or prosecuted, against any person in whose house, chamber, stable, barn, or other building, or on whose estate any fire shall, after the said twenty-fourth day of June, accidentally begin, nor shall any recompence be made by such person for any damage suffered thereby; any law, usage, or custom, to the contrary notwithstanding; and in such case, if any action be brought, the defendant may plead the general issue, and give this Act, and the special matter in evidence, at any trial thereupon to be had; and in case the plaintiff become nonsuited, or discontinue his action or suit, or if a verdict pass against him, the defendant shall recover treble costs; provided that no contract or agreement made between landlord and tenant shall be hereby defeated, or made void.


Contents

  • 1General

  • 2About this eprint

  • 3List of amendments incorporated in this eprint (most recent first)


Notes
1 General
  • This is an eprint of the Fires Prevention (Metropolis) Act 1774. It incorporates all the amendments to the Act as at 1 January 2008. The list of amendments at the end of these notes specifies all the amendments incorporated into this eprint since 3 September 2007. Relevant provisions of any amending enactments that contain transitional, savings, or application provisions are also included, after the Principal enactment, in chronological order.

2 About this eprint
  • This eprint has not been officialised. For more information about officialisation, please see Making online legislation official under Status of legislation on this site in the About section of this website.

3 List of amendments incorporated in this eprint (most recent first)