§ Mr. Alan Williams
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the total budget allocated for advertising the effects of the Housing Finance Act; and how much has been spent on advertising to warn council tenants that unless their sub-tenants left by the operative date the extra rent charge for having a sub-tenant would continue indifinitely.
§ Mr. Channon
The estimated cost of the advertising begun in September to inform tenants of their rights under the Act is about £632,000. None of the advertisements has mentioned lodger charges, because local authorities which had made such charges had to decide before the Act came into force on 10th August whether the charges should be cancelled or should remain as part of the rent.