HC Deb 05 July 1971 vol 820 cc277-8W
Mr. Douglas-Mann

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he is yet able to make a statement as to the eligibility of tenants of housing associations

societies in conjunction with citizens advice bureaux.

Mr. Amery

The Surveyors Aid Scheme, which gives help on appeals to rent assessment committees in Greater London, came into force in January, 1968. Between then and the end of 1970, tenants were advised by surveyors in 135 cases. Sixty-eight were cases in which the landlord had appealed against the rent officer's determination, and in 57 of these a surveyor represented the tenant at a rent assessment committee hearing, the remainder being dealt with by written representations to the committee. The other 67 were cases in which the tenant was considering whether to object to the determination. In 42 cases, objection was not recommended, and in 25 the tenant was represented at a hearing. Thirty-four applications for the services of the scheme were withdrawn.