Nepal | August 15, 2020

Independence Day 2020

Lockdown relief for tenants

Supreme Court tells government to ensure they don’t get evicted for not paying rent for the period

Share Now:


The Supreme Court has issued an interim order telling the government to ensure that no landlord evicts a tenant for failing to pay rent in the face of coronavirus pandemic.

A division bench of justices Tej Bahadur KC and Kumar Regmi issued the order in response to a writ petition filed by Central Chair of OBC Federation Gajendra Thakur and others against the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers.

The court observed that the issue of rent was a matter to be settled between tenants and landlords on the basis of their mutual understanding, consent and humane thinking and the government should ensure that tenants were not evicted from their rented place just because they had not been able to pay rent for the lockdown period. The SC also ordered the government to ensure that no tenant was subjected to mistreatment by landlords for not being able to pay rent for the lockdown period.

The apex court also asked the government to tell local bodies to monitor and supervise the court’s order. The court observed that the government should not deny anybody relief announced during lockdown just because somebody does not have a receipt of house rent.

The petitioner had urged the court to issue an interim order to landlords telling them not to seek rent from hair salon operators since they had been barred for operating since the lockdown was imposed. The government had imposed lockdown on March 24 and lifted it on July 21 with some restrictions.

The apex court observed that it did not need to issue an interim order telling landlords not to seek rent from hair salon operators for the lockdown period as the issue would be addressed in the final hearing of the case.

A version of this article appears in e-paper on August 1, 2020, of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Near-shortage of beds in hospitals designated for coronavirus treatment

KATHMANDU: Health Emergency Operation Center(HEOC) of the Ministry of Health and Population, today appealed private hospitals to allot 20pc of their beds for admission of coronavirus infected patients. The Health Ministry issued the notice stating that management of beds in hospitals of densely p Read More...

Lee Min-ho's legal rep to take action against those who've made malicious comments against S Korean actor

KATHMANDU: South Korean superstar Lee Min-ho is set to take action against those that have made malicious comments against the actor. According to Soompi, Lee's legal representative is taking action against all malicious comments about the actor. The portal says that on August 12, the law firm Read More...

Himalaya Airlines unveils fifth-phase repatriation flights details

KATHMANDU: The Himalaya Airlines, an aviation company authorised by the Government of Nepal to bring back home Nepalis stranded in different countries due to Covid-19 pandemic, has shared the details of the flights it has planned to operate from August 16 to 30 in the fifth phase of repatriation. Read More...

Ruling NCP forms six-member task force under General Secretary Bishnu Paudel

KATHMANDU: Ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) today formed a six-member task force under General Secretary Bishnu Paudel to resolve the intra-party dispute. NCP co-chairs, PM KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who had not spoken with each other for more than a week, decided to form the six-mem Read More...

In Pictures: The monsoon woes

KATHMANDU: Due to poor drainage system along the roads in Kathmandu valley, motorists and pedestrians face difficulties to commute, during the monsoon season. Read More...

Bollywood stars join social media campaign demanding CBI probe into Sushant's case

KATHMANDU: Bollywood stars Varun Dhawan and Parineeti Chopra among others have joined the social media campaign that has been demanding a CBI probe into the death case of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Dhawan took to his Instagram Stories and wrote: "#CBIforSSR", with a folded hands emoji. Chopra Read More...

Clash between Diljit Dosanjh and Alexa goes viral

KATHMANDU: A hilarious new video capturing the struggles of Punjabi singer-actor Diljit Dosanjh with the virtual assistant Alexa has gone viral. In an Instagram video titled 'Clash Between Me & Alexa' the artiste is seen requesting the virtual assistant to play one of his songs, Clash, but s Read More...

K-pop's BTS to hold online/offline concerts on October 10-11

KATHMANDU: K-pop global sensation BTS are to hold both online/offline concerts in October, and release a new album in the fourth quarter of the year. This was announced during a corporate briefing on YouTube on August 13 by the band's label Big Hit Entertainment, according to The Korea Times. Read More...