Security of Tenure

Orders of the Day — Housing (Scotland) Bill – in the House of Commons at 11:15 pm on 29th March 1988.

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Photo of Lord James Douglas-Hamilton Lord James Douglas-Hamilton , Edinburgh West 11:15 pm, 29th March 1988

I beg to move amendment No. 28, in page 10, line 10, after 'any', insert '(i).'

Mr. Deputy Speaker:

With this it will be convenient to consider Government amendments Nos. 29 and 122.

Photo of Lord James Douglas-Hamilton Lord James Douglas-Hamilton , Edinburgh West

This group of amendments fulfils a commitment that we made in Committee. We wished to make it clear that if there was a reasonable formula for rent increases written into an assured tenancy agreement, that formula should continue to apply when a statutory assured tenancy arose on the termination of the contractual tenancy.

My hon. and learned Friend the Member for Perth and Kinross (Mr. Fairbairn) was concerned that the amendment would let any agreements through the net which stipulated, for example, that rent increases would occur at the landlord's entire discretion. These amend-ments are the result of our reconsideration. They tighten up the kind of term relating to rent increases which will continue into a statutory assured tenancy. Only one which specifies a fixed sum or a percentage will qualify. I believe that the redrafted amendments achieve the desired purpose.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment made: No. 29. in page 10, line 12, at end insert `; or(ii) which makes provision for an increase in rent (including provision whereby the rent for a particular period will or may be greater than that for an earlier period) otherwise than by an amount specified in that contract or by a percentage there specified of an amount or rent payable under the tenancy'.——[Lord James Douglas-Hamilton.]