HC Deb 16 February 1972 vol 831 cc413-4
37. Mr. Burden

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will intro duce legislation to bring within the Rent Act, 1968, the rents of garages within the curtilage of a block of flats or a house, and which are let to tenants of such premises and which are subject to that Act.

Mr. Channon

Under the Rent Act, 1968, such rents can already be assessed where the garages are let together with the dwellings.

Mr. Burden

It is not those cases which I wish to bring to the attention of my hon. Friend; it is those cases in which garages are let separately but are part of the building. It is a fact that some landlords, where fair rents have been declared for flats, are taking advantage of the fact that a garage is not so tied and are raising the garage price to offset the decision of rent officers and panels.

Mr. Channon

The normal practice is that if the garage is attached or is in the garden, as a general rule it is deemed to be part of the whole dwelling and fair rent principles apply. If my hon. Friend sends me details, I shall be glad to consider any particular case he cares to raise.

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