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Author Topic: Possible ownership of rental property after more than 50 years of renting  (Read 639 times)

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Offline kikionline

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My parents live in a rented house in South Kolkata for 2 generations now. It was first rented out to my grandfather in 1948. After his death in 1998, my father's name was included in the rental agreement. My grandfather and my parents have been paying rent on a regular monthly basis as negotiated with the landlord, who stays in the upper floors of the same building. As they have been living there for a long time, the rent has been considerably lower than the market price. For the last 6 months, the landlord has been pushing my father to vacate the floor as soon as possible. My parents have tried talking to the landlord about increasing the rent to match up to the current maret price - however, he has turned deaf ears to the request. Seems like he is not interested in keeping any tenant and want to use the space for business purposes. Currently, the landlord is behaving very rude, sometimes even stopping water supply.(they  handle water pump operations to fill up separate overhead tanks) and even started threating to vacate the floor.  Although the landlord has not moved to court or taken any legal actions but it has been very difficult for my parents to put up with the daily issues that the landlord is creating. Both my parents are above 70 years old and my father has sentimental value to the house since he has been there form his birth.

What are the legal ramifications of such requests/threatenings from the landlord to vacate the place? Is there any legal actions that my parents can take so that they may not have to move out of the house? Since they are legally living in the house for more than 60 years and paying rents without a single default, is there any change in ownership of the house/floor possible? We have tried to talk to the landlord, negotiate with him - but nothing seems to be working.Please advise. Thanks a lot.

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I wouldn't advise on ways to still stick on to a property you don't own, at this ripe old age your parents should shun material attachments and simply look for a new accommodation.

yes there are ways your parents can continue staying in that property, but morally it is damn sick thing to do.

there are many other flats to rent shift. so some morality.
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