BREAKING: Assam becomes India’s first state to enact Tenancy Act

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The Act aims to protect the rights of landlords and tenants and will establish a regulatory authority for speedy resolution of disputes
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BREAKING: Assam becomes India's first state to enact Tenancy Act
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Guwahati: Assam enacted the Assam Tenancy Act 2021 on Friday to become the country’s first state to enact a tenancy act.

The Assam Tenancy Act 2021 aims to protect the rights of landlords and tenants and will establish a regulatory authority for providing a speedy resolution of disputes.

Recently the state government has brought in a bill named the Assam Tenancy Bill, 2021, in the state’s legislative assembly to regulate the renting of properties. The provisions in the Bill were based upon the Model Tenancy Act, 2021, approved by the Union Government in June 2021, for adoption by all states and Union Territories (UTs).

The Act will repeal the Assam Urban Areas Rent Control Act 1972, and to establish a rent authority to regulate renting of premises and to protect the interests of landlords & tenants.

There will be no artificial cap in fixing the rent of a premise. The rent of a building will be market-driven and will be determined by mutual agreement between tenants and landlords.

The Act will simplify and make faster the procedure of redressal of disputes between landlords and tenants through the establishment of rent authority, a rent court, and rent appellate at the district level.

The Act specifies the duties and obligations of landlords and tenants regarding maintenance and upkeep of the premises, eliminating any ambiguity in this regard.

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