Coming, tenancy Act for city Chandigarh.
Getting tenant evicted to become easy, rent to be regulated
In a bid to strike a balance between the interests of both landlords and tenants and to regulate rent, the UT Administration has formulated the draft Chandigarh Union Territory Tenancy Act, 2019, on the pattern of the Model Tenancy Act prepared by the Government of India.
Sources said the Administration had sought objections from the public over the draft within 15 days before notifying the Act for implementation.
Ex-servicemen, widows and some other categories of people will easily be able to get their property vacated as per their requirement.
An officer of the Administration said the new Act would put in place a system under which a dispute between landlords and tenants would be decided on a fast-track basis. It would make things much easier for landlords, who are facing hurdles in getting their property vacated from tenants, who do not pay the revised rent.
At present, property owners are sceptical about renting out their houses and commercial units as they fear the tenants might refuse to vacate these on time.
The new Act will ensure that landlords are able to charge the market rate for their residential or commercial properties and get the rent revised periodically.
With the new law, a large number of properties lying vacant can be used, which will not only generate additional income for the owners, but will also solve the housing problem in the city.
Apart from being beneficial to landlords, the tenancy Act will work well for tenants as well. A rent ceiling will be fixed in consultation with the stakeholders to avoid arbitrary hikes. Besides, landlords will not be able to evict tenants as per their whims and fancies as there will be a written agreement. Also, the security deposit charged from the tenant will be capped at three times the monthly rent, which is currently charged more or less on an ad hoc basis.
The tenants can claim a reduction in the rent if the quality of services available to them deteriorates in any way. In short, it is a win-win situation for both landlords and tenants if they play by the rule book.
A tenant cannot be evicted before the period specified in the rent agreement comes to an end unless he defaults on payment for consecutive months or misuses the property. The tenant will not be allowed to sub-let the premises without a written permission from the landlord. A rent tribunal has also been proposed to decide disputes.