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To the Editor

Mr. Allum spoke a profound truth when he said it was unpractical to expect two families to share one home without causing dissension. The immemorial rights of a householder to conduct his home in his own way cannot be altered by legislation. The unfortunate landlord— or more often landlady to-day—is>the victim of a petty persecution by unscrupulous tenants who presume;on their protection by law and assume an arrogant and possessive attitudein homes where the paltry rents they usually pay would not defray a fraction of the expense of upkeep, rates, taxes, etc. The hard-luck stories about grasping landlords who prey on helpless tenants, forcing exorbitant rents out of their necessities, are, in the majority of cases obviously ridiculous. Tenants are very much alive to the fact that under the protection of the so-called Fair Rents Apt they can always appeal against a high rent, as the scale is always fixed in their favour. They take every advantage of this, breaking all agreements without scruple, showing not the least regard for the rights of the owner, and digging themselves in with the impudent assurance that they cannot be moved out. I know instances of owners of houses, sickened and disheartened by the aggressiveness of their tenants and feeling that their home is no longer a home for them, who give up the struggle and move into board-ing-houses or live with relatives to escape the cuckoos in the nest. Is not this a serious indictment against our laws? ; SHADOW OF THE GESTAPO.

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CORRESPONDENTS, VIEWS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 171, 21 July 1945

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CORRESPONDENTS, VIEWS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 171, 21 July 1945

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