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Rent Allowances

Volume 951: debated on Tuesday 13 June 1978

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69.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if it is the policy of his Department to advise those seeking supplementary allowance for rent to take their landlords to the rent tribunal if the officer of his Department considers that the rent being charged is unreasonable.

No. A tenant will be advised of the availability of the services of the rent officer if he appears to have security of tenure and it is decided to restrict the allowance for rent in the supplementary benefit assesment on the grounds that the rent is unreasonably high. However, it is not the policy of the Supplementary Benefits Commission to advise a claimant who appears to have no security of tenure to approach the rent tribunal.