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New Clause—(Power To Increase Rent Fixed Under Housing (Rural Workers) Acts In Certain Cases)

Volume 467: debated on Wednesday 13 July 1949

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If, in the case of a dwelling in respect of which assistance has been given under the Housing (Rural Workers) Act, 1926, by way of grant, being a dwelling to which works (other than works in respect of which assistance has been given under that Act by way of grant, or under section eight of this Act) have been executed at a time when conditions contained in the Housing (Rural Workers) Acts, 1926 to 1942, apply in relation to the dwelling, an application in that behalf is made to the local authority by whom the grant was made, they may direct that for the purposes of those Acts the maximum amount of the rent payable by the occupier in respect of the dwelling shall be increased by such amount as may be specified in the direction, not exceeding an amount calculated at a rate per annum of eight per cent. of the cost of executing the works; and where a direction is given under this section in relation to a dwelling on any occasion the reference in that one of the following provisions which is applicable to the dwelling, namely, paragraph ( b) of subsection (1) of section three of the Housing (Rural Workers) Act, 1926, and section six of the Housing (Rural Workers) Amendment Act, 1938, to the amount which the rent payable by the occupier in respect of the dwelling is not to exceed shall, as respects any period after the giving of the direction and before a subsequent direction is given under this section in relation to the dwelling, be construed in relation to the dwelling as a reference to that amount as increased in accordance with the direction given on that occasion and with any direction given under this section in relation to the dwelling on a previous occasion.—[ Mr. Woodburn.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

I beg to move, "That the Clause be read a Second time."

This Clause has the same effect as the last Clause, in regard to grants given under the Housing (Rural Workers) Acts. It restores that cottage or particular house to its position under the existing Acts, in order that the person who puts additional personal money into improvement shall be empowered to charge the usual increase.

Question put, and agreed to.

Clause read a Second time, and added to the Bill.