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Friday, 6 November 2020

Draft Model Tenancy Act to benefit landlords, says association

Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, November 5

The Commercial Tenants' Association (CTA) has raised objections to various provisions in the draft of Model Tenancy Act, 2020.

The association stated that the creation of rent authority and rent court to be presided over by an Executive Officer was in contravention of the already existing procedure and adjudication of litigation.

The UT Administration had invited suggestions and objections to the draft of Model Tenancy Act, 2020.

In the objection filed at the office of the UT Adviser, the association submitted that the purposed Model Tenancy Act was ambiguous and drafted without taking care of tenants' protection. It's purposed provisions were also against the law, the public policy and were discriminatory, the association added.

The Act was drafted to benefit landlords and to make the upper class more rich as compared to the weaker section of tenants, the association stated.

"The proposed Act is not balancing the rights of landlords and tenants. It has been drafted for the benefit of landlords. The Act has been framed only on the basis of a survey conducted with regard to vacant residential accommodation and not commercial. As such, the category of residential and commercial tenancies cannot be treated on a par. The hardships faced by commercial tenants have not been taken care of in the purposed draft," said Arvind Kumar Jain, president, CTA.

"The Rent Act must be drafted by a committee, wherein members from the tenant's community should also be inducted so that the ground reality is taken care of," he added.

"The proposed draft of the Model Tenancy Act should be rejected and not implemented in Chandigarh without carrying out necessary changes," he said.



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