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The house shortage will surely get worse until the councils withdraw a lot of their restrictions, and the Fair Rents Department raises their percentage. A few months back I applied to the City Council for a permit to do up the interior of a wellbuilt cottage, and they refused, saying that the by-law would not permit it. The Fair Rents allow landlords 4i per cent on the purchase price of their property. .They have to run great risks of fire, a bad tenant, loss of rent, etc. People with money will not build on thpse. terms. I was charging 37/6 for a self-contained flat well fitted up with £160 worth of first-class furniture, in a good locality about one mile ' from the G.P.O. Now the Fair Rents have reduced the rent to 26/. This is just encouraging these people to be drones, as Mr. Semple calls them. I heard Mr. Anderton, M.P., say at a meeting that we make the laws, but |it is the administration that is wrong. If the Government would raise the percentage from 4i per cent to 7i per cent the house shortage would soon be forgotten. INJUSTICE. Press correspondents on the subject of landlords and tenants help to foster a misconception. In many cases the superscription should read "Tenant and sub-tenant." The largest tenement houses are often in the hands of tenants who have been fortunate or shrewd enough to secure them during the depression, and now charge as much for one room as'the owner gets for the whole house. By , taking in "roomers" on a technical boarder basis they are able to terminate undesirable tenancies at will. Businesses of this kind of late change hands for many hundreds of pounds' goodwill, while the owner looks on rather than seek dubious legal remedy. Tenants of bona-fide house owners are placed by the present law in complete control of the situation, and, as your correspondent "Shadow of the Gestapo" points out, are able to take all kinds of unfair advantage if they are so disposed. It is absurd to suggest that going to law is any adequate substitute for the right of giving a $ week's notice. EX-OWNER.

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HOUSE SHORTAGE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945

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HOUSE SHORTAGE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945