Private Rented Housing

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Environment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th March 1977.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Freeson Mr Reginald Freeson , Brent East 12:00 am, 16th March 1977

There is nothing in law—I do not understand why this matter is constantly raised—to prevent a tenant who wishes to stay for a short space of time moving on elsewhere if he wishes. That happens now. But one thing is certain. I should make it clear that we do not intend to return to a situation of compulsory mobility—compelling people to leave their homes because of lack of security—such as was experienced at certain times in the past.

The next point which I should particularly make to the hon. Gentleman is that one way of assisting to resolve the problem of homelessness in London, which is mainly concentrated in the inner London area, would be for more of the outer London authorities, with which he is closely associated, to be more active and co-operative in the provision of housing.