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Crown Estate Commissions (London Tenancies)

Volume 32: debated on Wednesday 17 November 1982

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give a direction to the Crown Estate Commissioners under section 1(3) of the Crown Estate Act 1961 to apply to their tenancies in London those provisions of the housing legislation which provide protection to tenants in regard to fair rents and leasehold enfranchisement; and if he will make a statement.

I am not prepared to give such a direction. The provisions of the Rent Acts which afford protection to tenants in regard to fair rents already apply to the Crown Estate Commissioners. The commissioners also offer enfranchisement to all their leaseholders who qualify under current legislation, except for a very small number of cases in three historic areas.