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Haryana CM Khattar okays draft Bill to settle owner-tenant disputes

Rights and responsibilities of the landlord and the tenant have been fixed in the draft bill and it will soon be presented in the assembly, an official said.

gurgaon Updated: Jun 02, 2018 08:51 IST
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The draft bill meant aimed at settlling tenant-owner disputes calls for creation of a tribunal and a rent court for quick resolution of conflicts between the two.(File photo)

The Haryana Chief Minister has approved the draft of the proposed Haryana Urban Tenancy Bill, 2018, which provides a framework to resolve disputes between landlords and tenants in the state, Urban Local Bodies minister Kavita Jain said on Friday.

The Haryana Urban (Control of Rent & Eviction) Act, 1973, had become irrelevant since it had not been amended and did not meet the demands of growing cities, Jain said. She said that if the bill is passed, it will safeguard the rights of the lessor and the lessee, both.

Rights and responsibilities of the landlord and the tenant have been fixed in the draft bill and it will soon be presented in the assembly, an official said.

The draft bill calls for creation of a tribunal and a rent court for quick resolution of conflicts between the homeowner and the tenant. Such a law is important for Gurugram, which sees a large influx of people from across the country. There have been many cases of fights between landlords and tenants over a range of issues, from difference of opinion on lifestyles to mode of rent payment.

In August 2017, a fight had ensued between the Essel Towers’ Pilot Court society members and the tenants after guests of all tenants in the building were not allowed to enter the premises. The society had also issued a notice to the owners asking them to not rent out flats to single tenants. Moreover, the Essel Towers RWA had circulated a notice stating that people of the opposite sex could not visit each other unless they were family.

“In my colony, some days back a tenant filed a police complaint against the landlord. While giving possession of the flat, the landlord had told the tenant that there was a minimum lock-in period and if he were to leave the accommodation before that, the token amount would not be returned. The tenant accepted all conditions, but when the landlord refused to return the token amount he chose to file a police complaint. If this bill becomes a law, landlords and tenants, both, can avoid conflicts like these,” Dinesh Vashisht, president of the residents’ welfare association of sectors 3, 5 and 6, said.

City’s large population of tenants also hopes that the proposed bill will check their exploitation by landlords.

“It would be good to have some regulation defining the power of a landlord. This will ensure that tenants are not exploited,” Asad Ali, resident, DLF phase-1, said.

Siddhant Chawla, a tenant in a gated condominium of Sushant Lok Phase-1, said, “People in my society have a problem with the fact that I stay alone. I recently learned that the guards try to keep an eye on my movement to see if someone else is staying with me. This is an intrusion of my privacy. An Act that curbs this intrusion should help improve the situation and the bill is a first step.”

Why this bill is needed:

*The bill provides a framework to resolve disputes between landlords and tenants

*Gurugram sees high influx of people from across the country, and there have been many cases of fights between landlords and tenants over a range of issues—from difference of opinion on tenant’s lifestyle to mode of rent payment

*Last year, Essel Towers’ Pilot Court society issued notice barring guests of tenants from entering the premises

*Society told houseowners to not rent flats to unmarried men/women

*The Essel Towers RWA circulated a notice stating that people of the opposite sex could not visit each other unless they were members of immediate family