An ambitious act on tenancy, that was to bring about a seachange in renting out properties by balancing the rights of landlords and tenants, has hit a roadblock as the state government is awaiting the Centre’s revised act.
Modelled on the Union housing and urban affairs ministry’s draft Tenancy Act, the state government had introduced the Tamil Nadu Regulation of Rights and Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants bill in the assembly last year. But the central government’s decision to revise the original act by incorporating suggestions of various states has delayed Tamil Nadu from implementing its version of it.
Official sources with the state’s housing and urban development department said that draft rules for the Tenancy Act were at the final stage. “But, the Union government is revising the model act. Our act is based on the Centre’s legislation. If the act is implemented now in Tamil Nadu, we will have to make amendments to match it with the Centre’s model act again. Hence, it has been decided to wait for the fresh model act,” an official with the housing and urban department said.