§ Captain Kerby
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs if he is aware that many speculators purchased rent-controlled property after the publication of the Rent Bill White Paper and are now exploiting the tenants of these properties; and what steps he has in mind to prevent the continuance of the exploitation of such tenants by this type of landlord.
§ Mr. H. Brooke
I assume that my hon. and gallant Friend is referring to property decontrolled under the Rent Act, 1957. The majority of decontrolled tenants have already negotiated new tenancies on reasonable terms with their landlords, and more such agreements will be made in the coming months. To help tenants who may have special difficulty in making new arrangements and may in consequence be exposed to serious hardship, the Government have introduced the Landlord and Tenant (Temporary Provisions) Bill.