HC Deb 08 December 1919 vol 122 cc901-2
54. Mr. LUNN

asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to the number of cases in which landlords are raising rents of dwelling-houses illegally; and whether, in order to put a stop to such action, which is often successful owing to the ignorance of tenants, he will introduce a Bill imposing a heavy penalty, including imprisonment, for any attempt to raise rents illegally?

The PAYMASTER -GENERAL (Sir Tudor Walters—for Dr. Addison)

My right hon. Friend has no information that tenants are paying increases in rents which are not authorised by the increase of rent, etc., Acts. If, however, such payments are made, the amount of the increase can at any time, within six months after payment, be recovered by the tenant by deducting the amount from subsequent payments of rent.

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