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Selva Kumar   07 April 2020

Rental house agreement

Hi sir. Is it possible for a tenant to
claim ownership of a house in any situation....


 7 Replies

Sayantan Misra   07 April 2020

Yes it is possible. if the tenant has been in Adverse Possession of the house continuously for 12 years or more without any interference from the Landlord, and has been claiming to be the owner himself and denying the ownership of the landlord, then he may acquire the ownership of the house by prescripttion.

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Real Soul.... (LEGAL)     08 April 2020

If there is rent agreement or the tenant is paying rent to landlord then it is never possible that tenant can be owner by prescripttion; thatmeans in any way if landlord proves tenency the adverse possesion  terms are not applicable.

Kishor Mehta (CEO)     08 April 2020

Yes, if the owner wants to sell it and the tenant pays the agreed amount and stamps, executes and registers a sale deed to the house. All other options are illegal and subject to criminal and civil actions.

P. Venu (Advocate)     08 April 2020

In other words, the law does not permit the tenant to be owner, in that capacity. Yes, he can purchase and be the owner; but he is no longer the owner.

H.M.Patnaik (Proprietor)     08 April 2020

I think there is another possibility i.e. if  the owner dies intestate leaving the tenant as the , sole occupier of the property under a valid agreement ,then in that case ,he can enter into the legal process seeking transfer of ownership.

Experts may like to offer considered views.

Kishor Mehta (CEO)     08 April 2020

Ownership of a house can only be transferred after paying the value of the property to the owner or his legal beneficiaries. This is not the platform for information of illegal means to usurp a property. Experts are requested not to entertain such queries.

Dr J C Vashista (Advocate)     09 April 2020

A tenant shall always remain a "tenant" and never (NEVER) the "titleholder"/owner.

If there is some truth in the story it is advisable to consult a local prudent lawyer for better appreciation of facts/ documents, professional guidance and necessary proceeding.

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