HC Deb 26 March 1990 vol 170 cc9-10W
Mr. David Porter

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if he will make it his policy to introduce a duty of disclosure to oblige landlords to disclose(a) details of outstanding charges against the property at the start of a lease and (b) whether the lender has granted permission for the property to be let;

(2) if he will make it his policy to oblige mortgage lenders to obtain from borrowers an annual confirmation of occupiers of mortgaged property; and if he will make a statement;

(3) if he will make it his policy to seek to amend part III of the Housing Act 1985 to make it a statutory duty on housing authorities to accommodate people who are outside the existing categories of the involuntarily homeless, who are made homeless because the landlord to whom they were paying rent has unbeknown to them fai led to pay his mortgage on that property;

(4) what legislation would need to be amended to bring into effect protection for people who pay rent to a landlord for property which they do not know is mortgaged;

(5) if he will review the arrangements for repossessions of property by court orders where a borrower has failed to meet mortgage repayments but has collected rent from a tenant in the property, to enable the tenant to be offered a first refusal on an option to buy or an assured tenancy for a limited period.

Mr. Chope

I will write to my hon. Friend.