§ Ms. Gordon
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what arrangements he is making to ensure that after April 1990 landlords will not be permitted to raise rents by continuing to charge tenants the amount which formerly covered rent and rates.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
Protected tenants paying rents which include rates will have the normal protection of the Rent Act 1977 for tenancies entered into before I5 January 1989, and may register fair rents which are exclusive of rates. The Housing Act 1988 will apply to most tenancies entered into after that date, and any rents determined by the rent assessment committee under that Act will be exclusive of rates.