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Tuesday, 15 March 1932

Mr WHITE (Balaclava) . - I move -

That after the word " necessary ", proposed new sub-section lc, paragraph a, the following words bo inserted " not exceeding 2½ per centum of the original value of the property ".

If this amendment is made the War Service Homes Commission will not be able to effect costly repairs" to a property at the expense of the person who has vacated it. As I pointed out in my secondreading speech, the value of war service homes has fallen considerably. A house bought for £800 a few years ago is probably worth no more than £500 to-day. In these circumstances it would be unwise to permit any authority to make extensive repairs to a property or to spend a large sum in renovating it in the expectation of receiving a very much higher price at a sale. We do not know what agents the War Service Homes Commission appoints to do its work, but it would be distinctly unfair to a person who has had to vacate a home if he had to pay, or was debited with, a large sum for repairs and renovations.

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