No fowls, rabbits or pigeons: 80-year-old tenancy agreement found
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Featured, Local Government
1929 tenancy agreement
A tenancy agreement that dates back 80 years has been discovered in a housing association's offices.
The 1920s document reminds the tenant that they need to keep their chimneys swept and bans animals that could injure a property - fowls, rabbits and pigeons could not be kept at the house without the written consent of the council.
The Conditions of Tenancy agreement, issued by the Rural District Council of Amersham, was signed by resident William George Leslie in 1929, and covers a property on Lovel Road in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, that was formerly known as 43 Council House.
According to the contract, the weekly cost of the property, excluding rates, taxes and water charges, was thirteen and ninepence, around £22.98 today.
The agreement also shows how gardens must be cultivated properly.
The Rural District Council of Amersham merged with its equivalent in Chesham to form Chiltern District Council in 1972. The property was transferred to Paradigm Housing Group - formerly Chiltern Hundreds Housing Association - in 1989.
Paradigm receptionist, Vicky Ashton-Nuttall (pictured), discovered the document. She said: "This is a real gem of a find. It is amazing to see how things have changed over the last 80 years. I was particularly interested to see how residents had to keep their chimneys swept and that they weren’t allowed to keep animals that would injure the premises."