§ 50. Mr. Frank Allaun
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he will publicise the fact that decontrolled tenants of private landlords should not agree to pay any rent increases demanded before the Rent Bill, 1965, becomes law, and that they are protected from any ensuing attempt at eviction provided they pay the previous rent.
§ Mr. Crossman
I am glad to have this opportunity to repeat that, until the Rent Bill becomes law, decontrolled tenants of private landlords are in general covered by the Protection from Eviction Act. If they get notice to quit—because they cannot agree the rent with the landlord or for some other reason—they cannot lawfully be evicted without a court order. The court can suspend the order for up to 12 months and can say what the tenant shall pay meantime.