HL Deb 13 December 1906 vol 167 cc629-30
*Viscount HILL

moved an Amendment requiring tenants to submit plans of proposed repairs. He said that although tenants might be good farmers they sometimes had no very great idea of what buildings were best suited to their purpose, and sometimes made fancy improvements which were as a matter of fact no improvements at all. He had had a case on his own estate where the tenant desired to have an improvement and to get rid of the grievance of which he had complained. He had no objection to meet his tenant and had drawn up plans in accordance with what he thought his tenant desired. In the meantime his tenant had had his own plans drawn up by a local contractor; but they would not carry out the main object of his tenant, which was to get rid of an overflow of water in his yard. He had refused to have the work done in his tenant's way and his tenant had refused to allow him to do it in his own, and up to the present time that improvement had not been carried out. What he wanted to know was what would be his position when this Bill came into force.

Amendment moved—

"In page 4, line 26, after the word 'intention to insert the words 'together with plans of such repairs."—(Viscount Hill.)


This Amendment would increase the cost to the tenant. The Bill only applies to the repairs the landlord should execute. The ordinary procedure is that the landlord should do the repairs. I really do not think there is much in this Amendment, and I hope the noble Lord will not press it.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.


did not think many repairs would be done on these farms. But at the same time he thought it was only reasonable that the tenant should send a post card to the landlord giving him notice when the work was going to be done in the event of the landlord failing to execute the repairs, and he moved an Amendment with that object.

Amendment moved—

"In page 4, line 28, after the word 'notice to insert the words 'and shall if the landlord fails to execute the repairs give him notice in writing of the date at which they will be executed."—(Earl Fortescue.)


It seems undesirable to complicate such a measure as this by so many notices. I should hardly think the noble Lord will insist on his Amendment. It seems rather unreasonable to ask for two notices in place of one.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause 6 agreed to.

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