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Rights Of Tenants In India

IamCheated.com Research Team | December 19, 2018  6:30:pm

At some point in life, you will have to stay away from home for studies or a job. When you are leaving your hometown and moving to the different city, you will have to take a house on lease or rent. Before moving to the rented house or house taken on lease, it is common to have an agreement between you and the landlord.

This agreement is a contract between you and your landlord, whereby a landlord gives permission to occupy the residential premises. Do you know your rights as a tenant? Most of the time, the answer is no. Not many people know tenants rights in India. In this blog, we will discuss the tenant’s right in India.

Rights Of Tenants In India

1. Right to say no to the oral agreement

If your landlord forces you to have an oral agreement instead of written agreement, you have all the rights to say no. It is very important to have your rental or lease agreement in writing and it has to be registered for validity.

2. Right to enjoy peaceful possession

It is the right of every tenant to enjoy peaceful possession of the property. The landlord should not simply walk into the rented house, without informing. The tenant should not be unnecessarily disturbed by anyone, including the owner.

See Also: 7 Important Rent Agreement Clauses in India

3. Right not to leave the premises

During the period of the tenancy, the landlord has no right to ask you to leave the place without providing a valid reason.  You should be given at least a month’s notice, so that you get time to search for a new house.

As a tenant, you have all the right to say no to illegal liabilities. The landlord cannot ask you to bear the expenses incurred on the house for structural damages. According to the law, the expenses incurred for the structural changes to the property, should be borne by the landlord himself.

5. Right to receive the deposit

While you are vacating the house, your landlord should return the deposit paid as a security.

6. Rent

The landlord cannot increase the rent before the agreed term period as per the agreement. As per the law, there is a formula for calculating the percentage of increase in rent each year.

See Also: Rental Agreement: Why is it for 11 months?

7. Extension of tenancy

The landlord has no right to force you to extend the tenancy, if you are not interested. As a tenant, you have all the right to leave the premises for valid reasons.

8. Right to access essential services

The landlord has no right to disconnect the essential services like electricity and water. He cannot restrict you from using the basic amenities for recovering rental dues or any other reasons.

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