By Accommodation Times Bureau
The government on Friday introduced in the assembly a bill to promulgate the Tamil Nadu Regulation of Right and Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants Act, 2017.
Under the act, the government proposes to to create a rent authority, a court and tribunal to deal with rent-related issues and to balance the rights of the landlords and tenants. The bill mandates the notification of a written agreement with the rent authority, once enacted, for the renting out of properties in all urban areas of the state
“No person shall, after the commencement of this act, let [out] or take on rent any premises except by an agreement in writing, which the Rent Authority [will be informed of] by the landlord and tenant jointly…,” the bill said.
Housing and urban development minister Udumalai K Radhakrishnan tabled the bill in the House. The new legislation will repeal and replace the existing Tamil Nadu Building (Lease and Rent) Control Act, 1960.
“The government has decided to enact the Tamil Nadu Regulation of Right and Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants Act, 2017 on the lines of the model bill suggested by the Government Of India,” Radhakrishnan said.
Laying down the responsibilities — such as whitewashing, wiring and plumbing services — of landlords regarding properties they rent out, the bill also listed 14 periodic repairs that tenants have to carry out.
“A tenant shall not be evicted during the continuance of tenancy agreement,” it said, specifying exemptions for repossession of the premises by the landlord.
The government will appoint to the rent authority an officer of the rank of deputy collector or higher in the districts. This officer will look into disputes arising over the rental agreements. Landlords and tenants can choose to appeal against the orders of rent authority in the rent court.