Housing Amendment Act, 1948

Regulations applicable to cottages provided under the Labourers Acts.

35.—(1) The Minister may make regulations for the purpose of securing the proper and efficient management of cottages provided under the Labourers Acts providing for all or any of the following matters:—

(a) the maximum and minimum number of persons who shall be permitted to occupy a cottage on any letting;

(b) the method of selection of tenants and the classes of persons to whom preference shall be given;

(c) the terms and conditions to be included in any agreement under which any person is permitted to occupy or use a cottage;

(d) such other matters as the Minister may consider necessary or expedient.

(2) Regulations under this section shall provide that in the letting of cottages regard shall be had to the character, industry, occupation, family circumstances and existing housing conditions of the applicants and subject thereto first preference wherever practicable shall be given to applicants who are:—

(a) persons normally engaged in doing agricultural work for hire on the land of some other person and whose principal means of living is such work, or

(b) men normally engaged in doing agricultural work on the land of relatives with whom they reside, or

(c) herdsmen,

and second preference shall wherever practicable be given to applicants with families living in one-roomed dwellings where:—

(i) one or more than one member of the family is suffering from tuberculosis, or

(ii) one or more than one member of the family (exclusive of the parents) has attained the age of sixteen years, or

(iii) the dwelling has been condemned as being unfit for human habitation.

(3) Where regulations have been made under this section it shall not be lawful for the council of a county to whom the regulations apply to make a letting of a cottage to which the regulations apply save in accordance with such regulations.