HC Deb 17 February 1970 vol 796 cc76-7W
81. Mr. Rossi

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government how many determinations of fair rents have been made under the Rent Act 1968 in England and Wales up to the latest convenient date; if he will estimate the percentage of all dwellings subject to rent regulation which this figure represents; and what proportion of these rent determinations have been increased, decreased, or left unaltered as compared with the original rents.

Mr. Denis Howell

By the end of December 1969 case records covering the determination, under the Rent Act 1968, England and Wales had been received for analyses by computer. These represented an estimated 10.8 per cent. of all tenancies subject to rent regulation. By the beginning of February 1970 an estimated 20,000 more determinations had been made, case records for these being on their way to the computer, so that probably some 12.5 per cent. of regulated tenancies have now had fair rents registered.

Analysis of some 95,000 case records where the basis on which the registered rents were determined was comparable with the basis on which the previous rent rested show that the original rents were increased in 60 per cent. of cases, decreased in 31 per cent. and left unaltered in 9 per cent. The results of the analyses relate to the final rent in each case whether fixed by rent officer or rent assessment committee.