In may'07, I rented a commercial property in Vaishali,
Ghaziabad to open up a partnership software development company. We
gave the landlord three months of advance, and signed a contract on a
Rs. 100 stamp paper. The contract was prepared by the landlord and we
were totally ignorant of the the required procedures. The landlord did
not provide us with any electricity connection and I had to pay a bribe
of Rs. 24,000 to get electricity meter installed, which eventually got
installed in my name. However, we moved away from the premises in
June'08 and since we did not give any notice period, the landlord
declined to return our advance money.
This month, that is
Sep'08, we received a notice from The DM's Office in Ghaziabad saying
that we needed to sign the rent agreement on a stamp paper of Rs.
61,000 and since we did not do that, they have taken it as stealing of
stamp duty. Also, they say that we need to pay fine to the tune of Rs.
2, 75,000, making the total amount as Rs. 3, 25, 000 or so.
are now really in a fix as to what should be done. We had absolutely no
idea that we needed to sign a rent agreement on 61000 Rs stamp paper,
and if we had known, we won't have even bothered renting the place.
Besides, the entire thing was done by the landlord and we just signed
the agreement as is normally done by a tenant.
Can anybody suggest what could be done?