The Goa Legislative Assembly passed The Goa Buildings (Lease, Rent and Eviction) Control (Amendment) Bill, 2024 which will allow a landlord to resume his occupation of the building given on a leave and licence basis.
The Bill, which was tabled by Revenue Minister Atanasio Monserrate on Monday sought to substitute section 23 of the Goa Building (Lease, Rent and Eviction) Control Act, 1968 to bring it in line with the judgment of Supreme Court dated December 5, 1995 and the High Court of Bombay at Goa in separate matters.
With this, a new Section 40A has been added. “Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, a licensee in occupation of any building given to him by a landlord on a leave and licence basis, shall vacate such building and allow the landlord to resume his occupation immediately on expiry of the period of leave and licence; and in case of failure of the licensee to so vacate the building, the landlord may apply to the Deputy Collector for an order of eviction of the licensee,” Chief Minister Pramod Sawant explained during the consideration of the Bill on Wednesday.
The Bill had also sought to carry out consequential amendments to Section 2 so as to facilitate and encourage landlords to give the buildings on leave and licence basis, and amendment of Section 54 so as to decriminalise provisions of imprisonment in the same section.
The House also passed other Bills – The Goa Motor Vehicles Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2024; The Goa Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2024; The Goa Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2024; and The Goa Land Use (Regulation) (Amendment) Bill, 2024.