Rent Assessments

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st March 1966.

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Photo of Mr Frank Allaun Mr Frank Allaun , Salford East 12:00 am, 1st March 1966

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government when he expects the first decisions on rent reductions by a rent assessment committee will be reached and announced.

Photo of Mr Richard Crossman Mr Richard Crossman , Coventry East

Rent assessment committees in Greater London, which is the first area to come into operation, are not likely to hear cases before the latter part of this month, but in the normal course their decision would be announced at the hearing, which can be attended by the Press.

Photo of Mr Frank Allaun Mr Frank Allaun , Salford East

Will the Minister note, I hope with pleasure, that some London landlords are now accepting rent reductions of up to £3 12s. per week without taking cases to the rent assessment committees, which suggests that they do not regard those reductions as unreasonable?

Photo of Mr Richard Crossman Mr Richard Crossman , Coventry East

I am delighted to hear that news, particularly because the time taken by our rent officers is longer than we anticipated, and it is very important that people should read the cases that have now been published and draw their own conclusions about the kinds of agreements that can be reached between landlords and tenants.