LAW REFORM (LANDLORDS AND TENANTS) ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Distress for rent prohibited

   4   Right of tenant of land with growing crops to remain after notice to quit

   5   Where tenant neglects or refuses to deliver up possession pursuant to notice to quit

   6   Where lease of settled land is determined by death of tenant for life

      SCHEDULE

 

THE LAW REFORM (LANDLORDS AND TENANTS) ACT

[Date of Commencement: 11th July, 1979]

Act 15 of 1979.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Law Reform (Landlords and Tenants) Act.

2   Interpretation

   In this Act-

   "landlord" means any person for the time being entitled to receive the rents and profits of any land and, in relation to any land let or leased by the Minister responsible for housing pursuant to the Housing Act, includes that Minister;

   "tenant" includes the executors, administrators, assigns, guardian, committee of the estate, or trustee in bankruptcy of a tenant or other person deriving title from a tenant.

3   Distress for rent prohibited

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   (1) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any other enactment or any rule of law, no person shall make, or cause to be made, any distress for rent.

   (2) Any provision contained in a contract of tenancy, including a contract entered into before the 11th day of July, 1979, shall be void in so far as it purports to empower any person to make any distress for rent.

   (3) Any person who contravenes subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction before a Resident Magistrate, in the case of a first conviction, to a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars and in default of payment to imprisonment for a term not exceeding twelve months, and in the case of a second or any subsequent conviction, to a fine not exceeding two thousand five hundred dollars and in default of payment to imprisonment for a term not exceeding eighteen months.

   (4) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent the recovery of money by execution, in accordance with any enactment, against the goods and chattels of any person against whom a Court has made an order for the payment of money in an action of debt for the recovery of arrears of rent.

4   Right of tenant of land with growing crops to remain after notice to quit

   (1) Where any contract of tenancy is determinable by notice to quit of less than twelve months given by the landlord and there are, at the time of the giving of the notice to quit, growing crops planted by the tenant on the parcel of land referred to in the notice to quit the tenant shall be entitled, within twenty-one days after receiving the notice to quit, to signify by notice in writing to the landlord his intention to remain on the land for a period to be named in the notice not exceeding twelve months and not less than one month from the expiry of the notice to quit.

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