Assam becomes India’s first State to enact Assam Tenancy Act 2021. It aims to protect the rights of Landlords & Tenants and will establish a regulatory authority for providing a speedy resolution of disputes.

​The Bill, 2021, was introduced in the House by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pijush Hazarika on behalf of Housing and Urban Development Minister Ashok Singhal.

 

It seeks to ensure that there will be no artificial cap for premise rent fixing. The rent shall be market-driven and as determined by a mutual agreement between the landlord and the tenant. According to the statement of objects and reasons of the bill, the agreement between the tenant and the landlord.

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The procedure for redressing landlord-tenant disputes has been simplified and made faster by setting up a Rent Authority, Rent Court, and Rent Appellate at the district level through the Bill.

The eviction of tenants in cases of non-payment of rent or non-fulfillment of conditions of agreement has also been simplified to eliminate the fear of the landlord losing rights to his property.

With the enactment of this new Bill, the Assam Urban Areas Rent Control Act, 1972, will stand repealed.

The new bill has been formed based on the Model Tenancy Act, which was approved by the cabinet on 2 June 2021, for adoption across all states and Union Territories…

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