Orders of the Day — Housing and Building Control Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:56 pm on 5th July 1983.

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Photo of Gerald Kaufman Gerald Kaufman , Manchester, Gorton 5:56 pm, 5th July 1983

My hon. Friend has made some valid points. In addition to his point about a tenant recovering the cost from the landlord, it is important to point out that clause 23 states that the cost of repairs should not exceed the costs that would have been incurred by the landlords in carrying out the repairs. How is the tenant to know how much a local authority would have paid? What if, without knowing, the tenant paid more? He will therefore lose money on a repair for which he should not have to pay anything in the first place.