New rules may require tenants to pay for repairs In Maharashtra.
New rules may require tenants to pay for repairs In Maharashtra
New rules may require tenants to pay for repairs In Maharashtra , The housing department led by senior BJP politician Prakash Mehta has published the draft rent control rules to provide for a rise in rent on account of improvements or structural alterations, special additions to premises or amenity addition.
It has given the procedure for temporary increase of rent on account of special or structural repairs and the procedure for fixing standard rents.
A housing department official said the department published the draft Maharashtra Rent Control Rules, 2017, following a high court order a year ago. “We expect toreceive objections and suggestions. We will consider these and come out with final rules as early as possible,” he said.
In case of improvements or structural alterations, special additions or addition of amenities, the draft rules allow an amount not exceeding 15% per annum of the expenses incurred to be added to the rent. Where such work on premises with only one tenant is undertaken by the landlord at the instance of a local authority for the tenant’s benefit and with his consent, the whole amount is added to the rent.
When such work is done at the instance of a local authority or with the written consent of a majority of tenants for the benefit two or more tenements or for purposes of upkeep, stability and other requirements taken as a whole, the amount of permitted increase shall be allocated to the tenements in proportion to their respective annual rental values.
On the procedure to be followed to temporarily increase rent on account of special or structural repairs, the draft rules say the landlord will have to apply to the municipal corporation, submitting all details like names of tenants and architect entrusted with the task.
When any such repairs are done on premises occupied by a single tenant, the whole amount of permitted increase may be added to the rent. If there are more tenants, then the proportionate amount of permitted increase may be added to the rent of the premises occupied by each such tenant.