With the new Rent Control Act yet to be notified by the State, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Thursday allowed landlords/ landowners to invoke rent control proceedings under the old Act. Justice M.V. Muralidaran observed that until the Tamil Nadu Regulation of Rights and Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants Act, 2017 came into force, cases could be tried under the Tamil Nadu Buildings (Lease and Rent Control ) Act, 1960.

Landlords were unable to file eviction petitions or initiate eviction proceedings against tenants. The court directed rent control original authorities and appellate authorities to hear rent control petitions and appeals under the old Act for the time being.

The court was hearing civil revision petitions filed by B. Venkatesh of Ramanathapuram. Mr. Venkatesh filed the petitions after the District Munsif Court-cum-Rent Controller, Ramanathapuram, rejected his rent control original petitions on the ground that the Tamil Nadu Regulation of Rights and Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants Act, 2017, was in force and the Rent Control Tribunal had no jurisdiction over the cases. The petitioner had initiated eviction proceedings against his tenants for wilful default.

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