100 Years Ago – 24 May 1920

24 May 1920

The media reported that Venustiano Carranza, the President of Mexico, had been executed in Mexico City.

In a bid to tackle the problem of the poor housing stock in the country, work began on the implementation of what became known as the Increase of Rent and Mortgage Interest (Restrictions) Act. There had been concern from renters and landlords about what would be contained and the Act became important for a generation. It allowed for increases in rent, but there were limits and there were specific rules which had to be followed. It was noted in the media at the time that “a few years ago no-one would have dreamt of interfering in the manner which this special legislation does with the relations of landlord and tenant”, with the First World War being one of the drivers for the legislation.