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Repaired Houses (Reletting Or Reoccupation)

Volume 395: debated on Thursday 2 December 1943

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asked the Minister of Health whether he will issue instructions that owners and leaseholders of dwelling-houses who have been promised equal facilities with local authorities to repair and relet and reoccupy their houses before they are seized, will be granted a minimum period of one quarter following the executions of repairs in which to effect such reletting or reoccupation?

Local authorities have been asked, before requisitioning an unoccupied house for the accommodation of a family inadequately housed to afford the owner or tenant a reasonable opportunity of letting or re-occupying it. My right hon. Friend is not aware that this has caused any hardship to owners but would be glad to consider any cases which my hon. and gallant Friend may care to bring to his notice. I should hope, however, that an owner, save in very exceptional circumstances, would be able to secure the re-occupation of his house within a period substantially less than that mentioned by my hon. and gallant Friend.