HC Deb 30 June 1965 vol 715 cc777-8
Mr. MacColl

I beg to move Amendment No. 113, in page 36, line 25, after "intending", to insert "(a)".

This and the next three Amendments are designed to fit into the same operation. They deal with a point which was discussed in Committee on 17th June. In the Schedule there is provision for obtaining a certificate of fair rent by the landlord in a case where there is a new house or a house which has been converted. These Amendments apply the same procedure to cases where a house has not previously been let and enable the landlord with a new letting to go to the rent officer, and if he can satisfy the rent officer that the arrangements are fair, he gets his rent certificate. We think that this will encourage people to let houses because it simplifies the procedure and facilitates advertisements.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

These Amendments arise from suggestions made by my hon. Friends and myself in Committee. They will, I think, noticeably improve the procedure in the circumstances which the Parliamentary Secretary outlined. They will diminish the difficulties for landlords in getting ahead with tenancies. Naturally, we welcome them.

Amendment agreed to.

Further Amendments made: In page 36, line 27, after "dwelling-house", insert: or (b) to let on a regulated tenancy a dwelling-house which is not for the time being subject to such a tenancy and which satisfies the condition that either no rent for it is registered under this Act or that not less than three years have elapsed since the date mentioned in paragraph 3 of Schedule 3 to this Act".

In line 28, leave out from "which" to end of line 31 and insert: in the opinion of the rent officer would be a fair rent under a regulated tenancy of the dwelling-house or, as the case may be, of the dwelling-house after the erection or conversion or after the completion of the improvements".

In line 39, after first "and", insert: (except in the case mentioned in sub-paragraph (b) of that paragraph)".—[Mr. MacColl.]