Chapter 61:02 -Registration of Landlords

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L.R.O. 1/2012
LAWS OF GUYANA
REGISTRATION OF LANDLORDS ACT
CHAPTER 61:02
Act
6 of 1994




(inclusive) by L.R.O.
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CHAPTER 61:02
REGISTRATION OF LANDLORDS ACT
ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
SECTION
1. Short title.
2. Interpretation.
3. Register of landlords to be kept.
4. Registration of landlords.
5. Exemption from need for registration.
6. Amendment of entries in register.
7. Transfer of registration.
8. Cancellation of registration.
9. Offences.
SCHEDULE
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6 of 1994 An Act to provide for the registration of landlords.
[ 28th FEBRUARY, 1994]
Short title.
Interpretation.
c. 36:20.
1. This Act may be cited as the Registration of
Landlords Act.
2. In this Act—
“buildings” includes houses, rooms, flats, apartments and
parts thereof;
“Chairman” means the Chairman of the Central Housing and
Planning Authority appointed under section 4(2) of the
Housing Act and includes a registration officer
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Register of
landlords to be
kept.

Registration of
landlords.
designated by him;
“land” includes buildings, houses and other structures and
erections thereon;
“landlord” means any person who under any tenancy is, as
between himself and the tenant for the time being,
entitled to the rents and profits of the land or building
payable under the tenancy;
“lease” includes under-lease and assignment operating as a
lease or under-lease;
“rent” means the sum of money or other ascertainable
consideration payable by the tenant for the possession of
the land or building under a tenancy;
“tenant” means any person entitled in possession to the
land or building under any contract of tenancy, whether
the interest of such tenant was acquired by original
contract, assignment, operation of law or otherwise.
3. (1) The Chairman shall cause to be kept registers of
landlords and a separate register shall be kept, as directed by
the Chairman, by the registration officer, designated as such
by the Chairman in each County.
(2) Every registration officer as directed by the
Chairman, shall forward to the Chairman a copy of every
entry made in the register kept by him.
4. (1) Every landlord who leases any building or land
shall apply for registration as the landlord under such
tenancy within two months of the commencement of such
tenancy.
(2) Every application shall be made to the
Chairman in Form 1 in the Schedule which must be duly
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Exemption
from need for
registration.
Amendment of
entries in
register.
Transfer of
registration.
completed by the landlord and be accompanied by the
prescribed registration fee in the Schedule.
(3) The Chairman to whom application is made
shall, upon being satisfied that the provisions of this Act, the
Landlord and Tenant Act or any other written law have been
complied with, forthwith enter the particulars of the tenancy
in the register and shall give to the landlord a certified copy
of that entry in Form 2 in the Schedule and such certificate of
registration shall be regarded as prima facie evidence that
the landlord to whom it refers has been registered.
(4) The Chairman shall supply to any person
applying therefor and on payment of the prescribed fee in the
Schedule a copy of any entry in the register of landlords
relating to any tenancy, provided that the applicant shows
that he has a reasonable cause for requiring such a copy.
(5) The onus of proving that a person has been
registered as a landlord shall rest upon that person.
5. The State as landlord shall be exempt from
registration.
6. (1) A landlord who is registered shall, within
seven days thereof, notify the Chairman of all circumstances
or events including any changes regarding particulars in
relation to a tenancy which affect the accuracy of the entries
in the register and shall at the same time forward his
certificate of registration for amendment.
(2) The Chairman may at any time call upon a
landlord who is registered to furnish all information for the
verification of the entries in the register of landlords relating
to a tenancy.
7. (1) Within one month of the change of ownership,
otherwise than by death, of the land or building in respect of
which the landlord is registered, the new owner and the
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Schedule.
Cancellation
of registration.
Offences.
[6 of 1997]
registered landlord shall make application in Form 3 in the
Schedule signed by both of them to the Chairman giving the
name and address of the new owner and the date of change of
ownership and such application shall be accompanied by the
certificate of registration and the prescribed fee in the
Schedule.
(2) On the death of the registered landlord and
until the property in respect of which the tenancy was created
is transferred by law in the name of the person entitled to
ownership of such property, the legal personal representative
or the executor of the estate of the deceased landlord shall be
deemed to be the landlord and shall within one month of
such death give notice thereof to the Chairman and on
payment of the prescribed fee the Chairman shall register the
representative or executor as the landlord by amending the
certificate of registration in the manner prescribed in section
7(1).
(3) In lieu of amending any certificate of
registration as provided in this section the Chairman may
issue a new certificate of registration.
8. The registration of a person as landlord shall
remain valid so long as the lease exists, and that person
remains as landlord and shall only be cancelled if the
Chairman is satisfied from the written notice of the landlord
given under section 7(2) that the lease no longer exists or on
production of the relevant documents that such person ceases
for any reason, including a sale, to be the landlord.
9. (1) Any person who leases any land or building and
who is not registered as provided for in this Act as the
landlord of the lease for such land or building shall be guilty
of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a
fine of seventy-five thousand dollars and in the case of a
continuing offence to a further fine of fifteen hundred dollars,
for each day during which the offence continues.
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s. 4(2)
(2) Any person who, in, or in connection with, any
application for registration of a landlord under this Act gives
or permits to be given information which he knows or has
reason to believe is false or misleading in a material
particular; or in respect of any entry in the register includes or
permits to be included information which he knows or has
reason to believe is false or misleading in a material particular
shall be, liable on summary conviction for a first offence to a
fine of thirty thousand dollars and for each subsequent
offence to a fine of forty-five thousand dollars.
(3) Any person who fails to comply with any of the
provisions of this Act shall be guilty of an offence and a
person guilty of an offence under this Act for which no
special penalty is provided shall be liable on summary
conviction to a fine of six thousand dollars.
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SCHEDULE
FORM 1
APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION BY A LANDLORD
Registration of Landlords Act, Cap. 61:02.
To the Chairman,
I, ............................................................. (name and occupation of
landlord residing, at............................................(address of
landlord) being the proposed landlord of the lease for the
land or building of which true and correct particulars are
appended hereby make application to be registered as the
landlord of the lease for the land or building—
(a) date of lease: ..................................................................;
(b) name and occupation of the tenant: ..............................;
(c) the recitals (if any), the operative words, the
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description of the parcels leased: ...................................;
(d) the duration of lease: ......................................................;
(e) the covenants (if any) :.....................................................

Landlord
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FORM 2
CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION
Registration of Landlords Act, Cap,61:02
Name of landlord
Address of landlord
Name of tenant
Date of lease
Duration of lease
Location of tenancy
Chairman,
Central Housing and Planning
Authority
Date
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s. 7(1)
FORM 3
APPLICATION FOR TRANSFER OF REGISTRATION
Registration of Landlords Act Cap, 61:02.
To the Chairman,
I,
(name and occupation of new owner)
residing at
(address of new owner)
being the proposed landlord of the lease for the land or
building of which true and correct particulars are
appended hereby make application to be registered as the
landlord of the lease for the land or building.
Date of change of possession ........................................................
1......................................
Existing Landlord

2......................................
New Landlord

Fees
Sections
4 For Registration $300.00
For copy of register $100.00
7 For transfer of registration $200.00
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