CHAPTER III- Repairs of Premises, Section 20 - Duties of tenant

1. Every tenant shall be bound to keep the premises in good and tenantable repairs in relation to matters falling under Part B of Schedule III.

2. Where any repairs falling under Part B of Schedule III are to be made and the tenant fails to make them within a period of two months after notice in writing, the landlord may apply to the Rent Authority for permission to make such repairs himself. He may submit to the Rent Authority an estimate of the cost of such repairs. Thereupon the Rent Authority gives the tenant an opportunity of being heard. After considering such an estimate of the cost and making such enquiries as he may consider necessary, he gives a written permission to the landlord to make such repairs at such cost as may be specified in the order. It is thereafter lawful for the landlord to make such repairs himself and to recover the cost of such repairs, which shall in no case exceed the amount so specified, from the tenant.

3. The landlord or a person authorised by him has the right to enter and inspect the premises after notice to the tenant in the manner prescribed.

4. The tenant must make good all damages caused to the premises by his negligence within three months of being informed in writing to do so by the landlord. Failing that, the landlord can apply to the Rent Authority for permission to make good the said damages. The Rent Authority then decides the matter in the manner provided in sub-section (2).

5. The tenant must hand over the possession of the premises on determination of tenancy in the same condition, except for the normal wear and tear, as it was in when it was handed over to him at the beginning of such tenancy. In a case where certain damages have been caused, not being damages caused by force majeur, the tenant must make good the damages caused to the premises. Failing that, the landlord can apply to the Rent Authority for permission to make good the said damages. The Rent Authority then decides the matter in the manner provided in sub-section (2).

6. The tenant must not, whether during the subsistence of tenancy or thereafter, demolish any improvement or alteration carried out by him in the premises or remove any material used in such improvement or alteration, other than any fixture of a removable nature, without the permission of the landlord. Failing that, such demolition or alteration is deemed to be a damage caused by such tenant under sub-section (4) and is dealt with accordingly.