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Tenants want to regulate house rent

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Staff Reporter
Bharatia Parishad, a platform of tenants, here on Saturday urged the government to make an announcement by January next restricting house owners from realizing ‘excessive house rents’ from their tenants.
It also demanded the government amend the House Rent Control Act, 1991 so that the house owners cannot raise house rents at their will.
The Parishad came up with the demands at a press conference held at the National Press Club in the morning considering the country’s present socioeconomic perspective.
Reading out a written statement, Parishad president MB Sultan Bahar said house owners are charging extra rent violating the rent rates set by the city corporation for 775 areas.
As per the House Rent Control Act 1991, he said, if house owners want to increase their house rents, they must take approval form the authorities concerned but they do not follow the law and increase their rents as per their sweet will.
According to the House Rent Control Act, 1991, house owners cannot arbitrarily increase house rents and evict their tenants without prior notice. A house owner is also supposed to sign a deal with the tenant before renting out a house and provide receipts for the payment of rent, but the law is hardly practiced.
As house rent is increased each year, Sultan Bahar, said, the government should arrange accommodations for the lower income groups living in Dhaka city, as they have to spend 60 percent of their income on house rent.
The Parishad also demanded that mobile courts be introduced to enforce the House Rent Control Act 1991, reducing the existing house rent, making deals between landlords and tenants mandatory, providing rent payment receipts and legal support to tenants by the government in the case of any dispute with their house owners.
Parishad general secretary Jannat Fatema, and its leaders M Mustafa, Matabuddin Shahid, Lima Ferdous and Nazrul Islam Sabuj were, among others, present at the press conference.