Declaration form mandatory for twin-city landlords

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to arrest the rising trend of crime in twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, the Commissionerate Police has made mandatory filing of a declaration form by landlords offering houses for tenancy.

According to commissionerate sources, the directive will come to force beginning April 8 and it will be renewed every two months. Landlords will furnish various details about themselves and the tenants through the declaration form. Provisions have been made to facilitate submission of information both offline and online, informed sources adding that landlords have to file the declaration within 10 days of occupancy by the tenant.

In case any failure in filing the declaration form or concealment of any vital information would attract imprisonment of 6 months under Section 188 of IPC and fine up to Rs 100, added sources.

In a prescribed format, various details of the tenant and landlord along with photograph and identity proof have to be submitted in the concerned police station, said police commissioner R.P. Sharma. As observed, there is an increase in number of criminal cases where people from outside are involved and such a step has been taken in order to check these instances, he explained.