Until 1 August 19701 cottage holdings could be acquired, bought, sold and let by county councils, county borough councils2 and the Greater London Council3, acting as cottage holding authorities4. Cottage holdings could be provided for sale or letting to any person who in the council's opinion was suitable and who satisfied the council that he would reside permanently in the dwelling house comprised in the holding, and that he had the intention, knowledge and capital to cultivate satisfactorily the land forming part of the holding5, and detailed statutory provisions governed their disposition, management and use6.
Since 1 August 1970 councils7
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