Furnished Houses (Letting).

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing. – in the House of Commons on 1st March 1922.

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Photo of Sir Robert Clough Sir Robert Clough , Keighley

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asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the increased profiteering caused by the buying up of cottages and the letting of them furnished at exorbitant rents, particularly in view of the value and nature of the furniture; whether his Department is aware that ordinary tenants of unfurnished houses are being expropriated to permit reletting of houses furnished on these lines; and whether his Department can take any steps to restrict this growing abuse which is weighing as a heavy burden upon tenants, particularly in industrial districts?

Photo of Sir Alfred Mond Sir Alfred Mond , Swansea West

I have no information as to the first two parts of the question. So far as I am aware, tenants are amply protected against improper expropriation by the provisions of the Increase of Rent (Restrictions) Act, 1920.