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HAMILTON, this day.

"There is a feeling abroad that unoccupied rooms are shortly to be commandeered for returned servicemen and others," said Mr. D. V. Bryant, chairman of the Rehabilitation Civic League to-day. "After the league's protracted negotiations with the Government I wish to give these rumours an emphatic denial."

Mr. Bryant said that during a recent visit to Auckland he was made aware of the large number of people who were forced to live in single rooms at high rents. He ascertained that some of the- women patients in Bryant Home, some with young children, came from rooms which had no electric heater or coal or gas fire.

Referring to the proposals to amend the Fair Rents Act to enable the letting of rooms to returned men, Mr. Bryant said it was readily agreed that the mixing of two families in one home was undesirable, but, seeing there was no alternative, it surely was better to house returned men and their families in decent rooms at a nominal rent, rather than have them crammed into perhaps one room at an exorbitant rent. As soon as legal provision was made, the league intended to make a Dominion-wide appeal. It should be made clear that such accommodation must be abandoned immediately a house became available.

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NO COMMANDEER, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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NO COMMANDEER Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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