Rented Housing

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Environment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th October 1996.

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Photo of David Curry David Curry , Skipton and Ripon 12:00 am, 15th October 1996

My hon. Friend is correct. Basic good management is an essential element in housing: collecting the rents; when tenants leave, getting new tenants in rapidly; and ensuring that repairs are carried out on time. That is an important element. There are also many empty properties in the private sector. It is important that those 600,000 or so properties are brought into use. There is no excuse for such an asset lying idle, whoever owns it.