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Madras HC directed tenants of shops owned by SMC to pay the new revised rent

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Madras HC directs tenants of corporation-owned shops to pay revised rent

In his order on October 15, justice T Raja gave the tenants four weeks’ time to pay the entire rent and advance without fail. The order copy reached the SMC on Wednesday.

The Madras high court has directed the tenants of shops owned by the Salem municipal corporation (SMC) to pay the new revised rent and advance as fixed by the corporation.

In his order on October 15, justice T Raja gave the tenants four weeks’ time to pay the entire rent and advance without fail. The order copy reached the SMC on Wednesday.

The SMC was earning Rs 15.70 lakh per month by renting out its 520 shops in the city.

Meanwhile, the corporation passed a resolution on July 1, 2016, revising the rent and advance amount. The corporation revised the rent nearly after two decades.

But the tenants refused to accept the revised rent and demanded the corporation to rollback its decision.

As the corporation stuck to its revised rent, a few tenants moved the Madras high court challenging the civic body’s decision.

Talking to TOI, commissioner R Sadheesh said as per the Madras high court direction, the corporation would get Rs 70.69 lakh as rent per month.

He said the high court has also directed the tenants to pay the dues as per new revised rent for the last three years.

“They have to pay the rental dues for 36 months from August 2016,” he said, adding that the corporation will get nearly Rs 25 crore from the dues.

“If anyone fails to pay the revised rent, the SMC has the liberty to proceed for holding fresh pubic auction for the shop,” the commissioner said.

Source : TNN

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