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Lettings (Premium)

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 10 April 1951

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99.

asked the Minister of Local Government and Planning whether he is aware of the decision of the Old Street Police Court on 2nd March that a local authority has no power to prose cute for the charging of illegal premiums for lettings; and whether, in view of the practical impossibility for the tenant involved to institute such prosecutions, he will consider taking action to ensure that it is possible effectively to enforce the law against charging premiums for lettings of house property.

Yes. This decision is at present the subject of an application to the High Court and I propose to await the result of that application before considering what action need be taken.