Procedure to be followed by the Rent Authority in adjudication
(1) The Rent Authority shall be guided by the principles of natural justice in adjudicating the application filed before it and shall follow the procedures given below:–
(a) the Rent Authority shall issue notice to the opposite party, accompanied by copies of application, affidavits
(b) the opposite party shall file a reply accompanied by affidavits and documents, if any, after serving a copy
of the same to the applicant;
(c) the applicant may file a rejoinder, if any, after serving the copy to the opposite party; and
(d) the Rent Authority shall then fix a date of hearing and may hold such summary inquiry as it deems
(2) In every application filed before the Rent Authority, the evidence of a witness shall be given by affidavit.
However, where it appears to the Rent Authority that it is necessary in the interest of justice to call a witness for
examination or cross-examination, it may order such witness to be produced for examination or cross-examination.
(3) For the purposes of holding an inquiry or discharging any duty under the Act, the Rent Authority may,—
(a) after giving not less than twenty-four hours notice in writing, enter and inspect or authorise any officer
subordinate to him to enter and inspect, any premises at any time between 7.00 A.M. to 8.00 P.M.;
(b) by written order, require any person to produce for its inspection such books or other documents relevant
to the inquiry, at such time and at such place as may be specified in the order.
(4) The Rent Authority may, if it thinks fit, appoint one or more person having special knowledge of the matter
under consideration as assessor or valuer to advise it in the proceeding before it.
(5) The Rent Authority may, at any stage of a proceeding, allow either party to alter or amend his pleadings
in such manner and at such time as it may deem just. All such alterations or amendments as may be necessary shall be made for the purpose of determining the question in dispute between the parties.
(6) The Rent Authority shall not ordinarily allow more than three adjournments at the request of a party throughout the proceedings and in case it decides to do so, it shall record the reasons for the same in writing and order the party requesting adjournment to pay reasonable cost.
(7) The Rent Authority shall decide and dispose of every application filed before it within ninety days from the
date of filing of application by the applicant.
(8) The Rent Authority may set aside an order passed exparte if the aggrieved party files an application and
satisfies it that notice was not duly served or that he was prevented by any sufficient cause from appearing when the case was called for hearing.
(9) Any clerical or arithmetical mistake in any order passed by the Rent Authority or any error arising out of
any accidental omission may, at any time, be corrected by it on an application received by it in this behalf from any of the parties or otherwise.
(10) The Rent Authority may exercise the powers of a Judicial Magistrate for the recovery of the fine under the
provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (Central Act 2 of 1974).
(11) The Rent Authority may, for sufficient reason, direct that any document or book produced before it in any
proceeding, to be impounded and kept in the custody of an officer under it for such period for reasons to be recorded in writing and subject to such conditions, as it may impose.