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I have read with interest the letters regarding the position of landlords* and tenants and the Fair Rents Act. Apart from the ties of the Fair Rents Act, I think many people have failed to realise the powers taken by the local body in the housing by-law recently passed. My husband is a soldier at present serving overseas and we own a house of which I have been unable to obtain possession for myself and child. I live in rooms and pay rent. The rent received from our property does not pay interest on the money invested, and I have still to pay the mortgage. There is also excess water charge, and damage done to property. I had the misfortune to have a tenant who took advantage of the Fair Rents Act to the extent of not paying rent for a considerable period. He had evidently been instructed as to the length of time it would take to have legal proceedings taken, because he left the morning a registered letter was delivered. Now I find the council can do what they consider necessary to the house and impose a mortgage on us which we may be unable to pay. Is this justice? SOLDIER'S WIFE.

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HOUSE-OWNERS' DIFFICULTIES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 178, 30 July 1945

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HOUSE-OWNERS' DIFFICULTIES Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 178, 30 July 1945

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