New Tenancy Act implemented in Tamil Nadu
The recently notified pro-landlord Tenancy Act is being hailed in some quarters as radical reform long overdue, but doubts have been cast on the provision which has empowered a deputy collector-rank officer to hear tenant-landlord disputes instead of rent control courts.
Chennai has seven rent control courts and it would be the duty of the authorities to appoint as many, or more, deputy collectors to hear the disputes. Since the Tamil Nadu Regulation of Rights and Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants Rules, 2019 Act was notified on February 22, rent control courts have stopped accepting new disputes for adjudication.
On the one hand, litigants are not able to file new cases, on the other, officials are yet to be appointed by the revenue administration department.