Landlords, Hostel Owners Reluctant To Share Info On Tenants, Say Police, ET RealEstate

September 21, 2023

BHUBANESWAR: In March 2015, the commissionerate police launched an initiative asking house owners to submit details of tenants at local police stations. In January 2017, it was extended to owners of women’s hostels. But after the initial positive response, compliance has become lax.

“We received good response for one or two years. But the receipt of such documents drastically came down. These days, we hardly get one or two tenant declaration forms filled by house owners,” said inspector-in-charge of a police station in the city.

Declaration forms are available at police stations and on the website of the commissionerate police (http://bhubaneswarcuttackpolice(dot)gov(dot)in). House and hostel owners can get forms and submit those at police stations with names, occupation, permanent address, identity proofs and photographs of tenants.

Police said landlords are reluctant as it is not mandatory for them to share details of tenants. The system is optional though highly necessary for security, said police.

The main objective of the initiative is to ensure safety of citizens. “We want to maintain a database of tenants. There were instances in the past when some tenants committed crimes on the property of their landlords. The database of inmates of women’s hostels is necessary to ensure the safety of women,” a senior police officer said.

This apart, there is a provision of a tenant verification system where landlords can pay a service fee to the commissionerate police and get the background of tenants checked. Though people can avail the service through Odisha police citizen portal (https://citizenportal-op(dot)gov(dot)in/citizen/login(dot)aspx) or Sahayata app, there are very few takers. “We have received around 10 applications regarding tenant verification in the past six months,” the officer said.

Deputy commissioner of police Prateek Singh said he would conduct a review of the system. “We will find out the reasons for non-submission of tenant declaration forms. A large number of people, mostly students and working professionals stay on rent. We urge landlords to comply with the orders and help us keep the city safe,” Singh said.

  • Published On Sep 21, 2023 at 05:00 PM IST

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