HC Deb 24 October 1918 vol 110 c963W

asked the Secretary for Scotland if his attention has been called to advertisements for small dwellings with offer of rewards of from £3 to £10 in each case that have appeared recently in Glasgow newspapers; if he is aware of complaints from tenants who have been compelled to pay similar rewards to house-factors before they could obtain possession; and what steps he intends to take in order to put an end to this method of evading the provisions of the Increase of Rent and Mortgage Interest (War Restrictions) Act?


Advertisements of the description mentioned have not been recently brought under my notice. As pointed out in the reply given to the hon. Member for the College Division of Glasgow on 7th March, 1917, such exactions by landlords or factors on their behalf are contrary to the express provisions of Sub-section (2) of Section 1 of the Increase of Rent, etc. (War Restrictions) Act, 1915. Where such payments have been required, the amounts may be recovered from landlords or deducted from the rents payable to them. Aggrieved tenants, therefore, have the remedy in their own hands.