Renting out house could be a hassle

Panaji: Non-compliance of tenant verification by house owners could become a cognisable offence, enabling police to register an FIR and even arrest the house owner.

The Goa police department has submitted to the government a draft tenant verification bill for approval containing the abovementioned clause.

A senior police officer said that if the bill is approved by the government then it will help streamline the tenant verification process and give powers to the police to register a case without the directions from district administration.

There will be increase in compliance level, the officer reckoned. Police said that in terms of security

aspect it is mandatory for the house owners to get tenant verification done while renting out houses or flats.

Police said that tenant verification is very important as it helps keep a track on strangers coming to Goa, and their antecedents are verified from their native states.

Currently as per the order of the district collector issued under Section 144 CrPC, it is compulsory to get tenant verification done, failing which the house owner is subjected to legal action.

If any such violations are found, police send a report to the district administration.

Subsequently based on the complaint by the district administration police register an FIR against the house owner for failing to comply with tenant verification process under IPC Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant).

However, police claimed that many a times even after submitting reports to district administration, no complaints were filed. [NT]