Counting to regulate the rental sector in the real estate market of Tamil Nadu , the state government on Friday introduced a bill named the Tamil Nadu Regulation of Right and Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants Act, 2017.
As the TN RERA created the regulatory authority, appellate tribunal and an adjudicating officer for the real estate sector of the state, this Act will create a rent authority (an officer of the rank of deputy collector or higher in the districts) that will look into disputes arising over the rental agreement. It will also create a rent tribunal and a rent court where the tenants and landlords can appeal against the orders of the rent authority. The reform and will balance the rights of landlords & tenants and will replace the existing Tamil Nadu Building (Lease and Rent) Control Act, 1960.
As per the bill, “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 also mandates the landlord to take the responsibility and bear the cost of whitewashing, wiring and plumbing services along with other basic services such as carrying out structural repairs, except those necessitated by the tenant. It bars landlords to evict tenants during the continuance of tenancy agreement. The bill also makes tenants liable to bear the cost of periodic repairs such as changing of taps, drain cleaning and electrical repairs.
Tamil Nadu recently notified the Real Estate (Regulation & development) Act , 2017 (RERA). The RERA along with the Tamil Nadu Regulation of Right and Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants Act, 2017 will regulate both selling and renting of the projects in the realty sector.
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