Chapter IV- Protection of tenant against eviction, Section 31 - Recovery of possession for occupation and re-entry

1. Where a landlord recovers possession of any premises from the tenant in pursuance of an order made under clause (r) of sub-section (2) of section 22, or under section 23, 24, 25, 26 or 33, the landlord shall not, except with the permission of the Rent Authority obtained in the prescribed manner, re-let the whole or any part of the premises within three years from the date of obtaining such possession, and in granting such permission, the Rent Authority may direct the landlord to put such evicted tenant in possession of the premises: Provided that where a landlord recovers possession of any premises from the tenant in pursuance of an order made under clause (r) of sub-section (2) of section 22 for occupation after re-construction or re-building, the period of three years shall be reckoned from the date of completion of re-construction or re-building, as the case may be.

2. Where a landlord recovers possession of any premises as aforesaid and the premises are not occupied by the landlord or by the person for whose benefit the premises are held, within two months of obtaining such possession, or the premises having been so occupied are, at any time within three years from the date of obtaining possession, re-let to any person other than the evicted tenant without obtaining the permission of the Rent Authority under sub-section (1) or the possession of such premises is transferred to another person for reasons which do not appear to the Rent Authority to be bona fide, the Rent Authority may, on an application made to him in this behalf by such evicted tenant within such time as may be prescribed, direct the landlord to put the tenant in possession of the premises on the same terms and conditions if the premises are in the same form or on new terms and conditions if the premises have been re-constructed or re-built if he has not already built, acquired vacant possession of, or been allotted another premises or to pay him such compensation as the Rent Authority thinks fit or both, as the facts and circumstances of the case may warrant.