HC Deb 07 November 1921 vol 148 cc73-4W

asked the Minister of Health whether the attention of His Majesty's Government has been called to the advertisements of houses to let daily appearing in the Press wherein the advertisers, in breach of Section 8 (1) of the Increase of Rent and Mortgage Interest (Restrictions) Act, 1920, stipulate for an intending tenant paying a premium or purchasing furniture as a condition of the tenancy; and whether His Majesty's Government, in order to enforce the said Act, will take proceedings not only against such advertisers but also against the newspapers publishing such advertisements?


It does not fall to my Department to take proceedings for breach of Section 8 of the Act, but I am advised that if a premium forbidden by the Act is demanded and paid it can be recovered by the person paying it, who can also institute a prosecution, if he wishes, of the person by whom it is received.

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