HC Deb 01 May 1934 vol 289 cc152-3

asked the Attorney-General whether his attention has been called to the fact that the Landlord and Tenant Act, 1927, does not afford any relief whatever to lessees of small properties whose freeholds are being purchased by groups of speculators who serve on the tenants severe schedules of dilapidations with a view to obtaining possession; and whether, since many houses are springing up in the London area and will be increasingly subject to methods of this nature, he will consider the desirability of introducing an amending Bill at an early date?

The SOLICITOR - GENERAL (Sir Donald Somervell)

I have been asked to reply. The attention of my right hon. and learned Friend has not been specially called to cases of hardship arising in the circumstances mentioned, but if my hon. Friend will give particulars, inquiries will be made into the matter.


Will the Solicitor-General consider the decision in the case of Abell versus Imperial Hotel (Exmouth) which apparently gravely impairs the value of the 1927 Act?


I will consider the decision, but I am not at present aware of that case.