Our tenant has locked the premise let out to him for commercial purpose and it has been around 4 years since he locked the shop and not paying any rent till now. The rental arrears comes to around 1 lakh and we have sent several letters by registered post but he just acknowledges receipt of the same and never turns up.
In this situation can we proceed with opening up the shop and taking possession without court intervention ?. Since it has been 4 years I dont think there are any valuables inside the shop.and the sole intention of the tenant is to harass us.
Already he has defaulted in payment of rent 4 years back and we withdrew the case after he settled the arrears.
Do we have to approach the Rent control court to obtain an order of eviction or we can break open the premises ourselves ?