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Delhi HC Dismisses Plea Over Eviction of Tenants Due to Non-Payment of Rent [Read Order]

Lawstreet Journal 18 Jun 2020 10:59pm

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In a decision dated 15 June 2020, the Delhi HC dismissed a petition that sought a waiver of rent for all tenants and compensation for landlords who will allow such waiver.

The matter was heard by a division bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan. In its decision, the Court dismissed the writ petition with costs of Rs. 10,000 to be deposited by the petitioner with the Delhi State Legal Services Authority, within four weeks from the resumption of the physical functioning of the Courts. The amount will be utilized for COVID relief welfare measures, the court said.

The petition, filed by Adv. Gaurav Jain, sought a waiver of rent for all tenants, constitution of a ‘Rent Resolution Commission’, the constitution of ‘Rent Auxiliary Fund’, and one time amnesty to the landlords/ tenants. The petition also urged the Court to issue directions regarding amendments to the SOP of Delhi Police wherein, if their Control Room officers receive any distress call on 100 or 102 from a tenant or a landlord, the officer shall connect the call to the ‘Rent Resolution Commission’, if there is a dispute regarding payment of rent or eviction of tenants.

The petition said, “These tenants who have lost their livelihood and savings due to the lockdown, face a serious risk of getting evicted from their homes if they do not pay the outstanding rent for April and/or May and/or June. And if they pay the rent, they face a serious risk of starving to death or… Continue Reading...

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