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Tuesday, 15 March 1932

Mr FRANCIS (Moreton) (Assistant Minister) . - The amendment is not in conformity with the spirit of the act and cannot therefore be accepted. If a property could be vacated only by mutual consent the Commissioner would be placed in an impossible position and there would be no necessity for this provision. This measure has been framed to meet all cases that may arise. When occupants wish to vacate war service homes the commission advises them to endeavour to meet their obligations, and points out the advantages of remaining in occupation.

Amendment negatived. " (1c) Where the Commissioner has entered upon and taken possession of any land and dwelling-house -

(a)   he may effect all repairs which he deems necessary, and the expenses thereby incurred, together with interest at the same annual rate as that which is payable on the purchase money or advance, as the case may be, shall be paid to the Commissioner by the purchaser or borrower on demand or by such instalments and at such times as are prescribed or the Commissioner determines, and until repayment shall be a charge under the contract of sale or mortgage or other security upon the property, notwithstanding that the cost to the Commissioner is thereby increased to more than nine hundred and fifty pounds; and

(b)   if the Commissioner is satisfied that it is not possible to effect an immediate sale of the property ata reasonable price, he may let the property, upon such terms and conditions as he thinks fit, until such time as, in his opinion, it is possible to effect a sale at a reasonable price, and the rent received shall be applied in the same manner as the proceeds of any sale made in pursuance of this Part.".

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