Furnished Houses (Rent Control) Act 1946

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Furnished Houses (Rent Control) Act 1946
Citation c.34
Royal assent 26 March 1946
Other legislation
Repealed by Rent Act 1968
Status: Repealed

The Furnished Houses (Rent Control) Act 1946 was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that and set up rent tribunals to control rents in the private sector.[1] and regulated renting prices. Following the Second World War, the practice of limiting rent prices had been introduced due to the scarcity of rented property, which made it a "seller's market".

The Act was intended to stop the high prices in furnished properties being rented out; as they were furnished, they were not covered by previous Rent Acts.[2] It was given the Royal Assent on 26 March 1946.[3] The Act was heavily influenced by the Ridley Committee, established to investigate rent control methods, which reported in 1945.

The Act set up rent assessment committees, which were given to districts after a consultation with the Minister of Health or his representative. Upon these tribunals being established in a district, they set a fixed maximum of rent for furnished dwellings, making it illegal for the landlord to charge more.[4] The tribunals were criticised for their slow pace and for failing to charge landlords for previous exorbitant rent prices,[5] and the Act was repealed by Section 117 of the Rent Act 1968.[6]

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  1. ^ The Longman Companion to The Labour Party 1900-1998 by Harry Harmer
  2. ^ Pollard (2007) p.554
  3. ^ "ROYAL ASSENT (Hansard, 26 March 1946)". Hansard. 26 March 1946. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  4. ^ G. (1946) p.170
  5. ^ Frances (1997) p.131
  6. ^ "Lexis@Library: Document". Lexis@Library. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 


  • Francis, Martin (1997). Ideas and policies under labour, 1945-1951: building a new Britain. Manchester University Press. ISBN 0-7190-4833-8. 
  • G., L.C.B. (1946). "Furnished Houses (Rent Control) Act, 1946". Modern Law Review. Blackwell Publishing. 9 (2). ISSN 0026-7961. 
  • Pollard, David; Neil Parpworth; David Hughes (2007). Constitutional and administrative law: text with materials (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-928637-X.