Advance Rent Demands

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th June 1952.

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Photo of Mr Joseph Sparks Mr Joseph Sparks , Acton 12:00 am, 17th June 1952

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he is aware of the growing practice of aggregating rent over a period of years in advance and demanding payment of such sums as a condition of letting vacant accommodation to prospective tenants; and if he will take steps to put an end to such undesirable practices.

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Bromley

My attention has been drawn to some cases of this kind. I am considering whether anything ought to be done or can be done about it.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Is not the object of the exercise envisaged in the Question to evade the intention of the Town and Country Planning Act?