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Alpesh (N/A)     14 March 2011

Could the Landlord Remove my belongings & evict me while I a

I rented an apartment from a builder ( Name  XYZ ) 11 years ago. That time he asked me to pay the rent to the guy ( Name ABC ) who had bought that apartment from XYZ. No rental papers were signed & no agreement of any sort was made & he wanted the rent in cash. I paid ABC the rent in cash all these years but once he did take rent via a check. The apt is in poor condition & he never did any repair work ever since it was built, not even color work despite my numerous requests. I do extremely urgent repair work.

Now ABC wants me out & threatened to move his furniture in my place so I did a little thinking that the municipal tax bill was not in ABC or XYZ’s name so he can’t be a legal owner. Only light bill & phone bill is in ABC’s name & I pay both by check as well as monthly maintenance & I have all the receipts & bills.

After his several threats & not maintain the apartment, I lost my cool once & told him flatly that he cannot evict me because the apt. is not in his name & he was kind of shocked & became polite & has stopped bugging me & he is not even asking the rent for past few months.

So my guess is probably he didn’t pay the builder XYZ the price of apartment 11 years ago, the builder did him a favor & rented it so ABC can pay the builder XYZ out of my rent. But it seems that ABC has not done that either & has given up on collecting rent from me. The builder XYZ has never seen me or asked anything in last 11 years.

The strange thing is that the municipal tax bill is in KLM’s name. So I really don’t know who the actual owner of the apartment is ? I have never met KLM & he has never visited the apt. but heard that he owned the Land on which the apartment was built.

Now once every few weeks ABC sends his assistant to show the apartment to prospective customers & I let him do so because he is not bothering me.

The problem I am facing now is that I want to go out of the country for few months & I am afraid while I am away, any of those guys might remove my belongings & vacate the apartment & either sell it or put their own lock.

What should I do now ?

Thank You.


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K S Narayana Rao (District Registrar)     14 March 2011

1.That floot may be a benamee property. 

2.It is a rental property.

3.You only got leasehold rights.

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