Increases of Rent Under Assured Periodic Tenancies

Part of Orders of the Day — Housing Bill – in the House of Commons at 7:30 pm on 9th June 1988.

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Photo of Mr Paul Boateng Mr Paul Boateng , Brent South 7:30 pm, 9th June 1988

Does the Minister not recognise the point that we have made time and again: that there is no way that one can compare the position of somebody desperate for accommodation with that of somebody going into Tesco or Fine Fare and deciding whether to buy a bunch of bananas? There is a fundamental difference between the two. Someone looking for accommodation is not in a position of equality with someone owning it. It is fundamentally unfair in the midst of the current housing crisis to expect such people to behave as they might in a completely free market. This is not the real world; it is a nightmare world of the Government's creation which they are imposing on the current housing crisis and which will make it even worse.