HC Deb 29 July 1976 vol 916 cc350-2W
Mr. Douglas-Mann

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will publish figures showing details of rents registered in the Greater London area in the most recent convenient period with the numbers in appropriate bands of rents; and where rents for the premises had previously been registered, the numbers which had been increased by 0 per cent. to 25 per cent., 25 per cent. to 50 per cent., 50 per cent. to 75 per cent., 75 per cent. to 100 per cent., and over 100 per cent., respectively, and the number of any reductions.

Mr. Freeson

The information is as follows:

Greater London: First quarter 1976
Rent (£ per annum) Number of Cases*
Not under Under
201 400
201 301 3,110
301 401 6,520
401 501 4,820
501 601 1,950
601 801 1,240
801 1,001 640
1,001 620
Greater London: First quarter 1976
Percentage change on previous registered rent† Number of Cases*
Over Not over
100 110
75 100 160
50 75 2,830
25 50 5,800
0 25 1,830
No change Decrease 20
* Provisional.
† Cases where the registered rent and previously registered rent are not comparable, because the terms of the tenancy or condition of the dwelling has changed, are excluded.

These figures confirm what has already been pointed out in correspondence—that there have been cases recently of very substantial increases in rent on re-registration in London, but that these are a very small proportion of the total; less than 1 per cent. of all reregistrations involve increases of 100 per cent. or more, and we do not know how long ago the previous rent was registered in those cases. Average registered rents for 1975 were still rising at a rate well below the general rate of inflation, and even further below the rise in the index of repair and maintenance costs. It must be remembered that registered rents stand for three years and increases are phased in three annual steps.