§ Mr. Sorensen
I desire to present a humble Petition of the Lea Bridge Tenants' Association of my constituency, the Borough of Leyton, and it is addressed to the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled.
It is in respect of the grievances of 83 of my constituents in the Borough of Leyton who are among the decontrolled tenants in an estate of 750 working-class flats recently acquired by a property investment company that has demanded from those tenants increase in rents of from 150 to 200 per cent.
In addition to the 83 signatories are the signatures of the 17 members of the committee of the Lea Bridge Tenants' Association on behalf of its full membership and of 3,413 persons whose signatures of support to this Petition I am forwarding separately to the Minister of Housing and Local Government.
In respect of this drastic increase the Petitioners conclude:
Your Petitioners feel that this is unjust and abuse of the Rent Act, 1957, and that it runs counter to the purpose for which the Act was intended.
1606 Wherefore your Petitioners pray that this House will take steps to secure such an amelioration of the conditions aforementioned that real hardship may be avoided.
And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.
§ To lie upon the Table.