HC Deb 08 June 1920 vol 130 cc254-5W

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the Stourbridge Town Council are making a deposit of £2, which is to be returned with interest on the termination of the tenancy, one of the conditions of letting the municipal houses; and whether such a deposit is sufficiently in the nature of key-money or a premium to warrant him giving the council advice on the matter in the light of the provisions of the Rents Restrictions Bill?


I understand that the Stourbridge Urban District Council are asking for a deposit of £2, which is returnable with interest at the termination of the tenancy, as an insurance against possible damage by the tenant to the fittings or structure of the house. It does not seem to me that this deposit can in any sense be regarded as a premium.