11:57 / 11.10.2022
Ministry of Justice: Residential lease agreement cannot be changed or canceled unilaterally

Currently, there are reports on social networks that some landlords are evicting those who are renting at a lower price because people are renting their houses at a higher price. The Ministry of Justice reminded the rights and obligations of landlords and tenants.

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“Recently, there has been a sharp increase in the number of citizens visiting our country from abroad. The increase in the flow of foreign citizens will definitely have a positive impact on our tourism potential. At the same time, in this process, some of our compatriots forcefully evict tenants from previously rented apartments or increase the price unreasonably in order to get more income through renting houses.

We would like to remind you that these actions of the landlords violate the requirements of the Civil Code and other legal documents, as well as some important legal grounds for renting apartments,” the ministry notified in its “Legal Information” Telegram channel.

Form of contract for renting an apartment

The housing rental agreement is concluded in writing.

In this case, the contract must be registered with the tax authorities.

Registering the contract in the state account is done free of charge through the ijara.soliq.uz portal.

It is the lessor’s responsibility to place the contract in the state account and it must be done no later than 3 days after the contract is concluded.

•  If the lessor does not register the contract in the state tax authorities, he will be fined from 5 BCAs (from 1 million 500 thousand soums) to 10 BCAs (up to 3 million soums).

Term of the lease agreement

•  The housing rental agreement is concluded for a period of no more than 5 years.

If the term is not specified in the contract, it is concluded for 5 years.

The lessee has a preferential right to conclude a contract for a new term.

Fees payable for rent

•  The amount of the rent is determined in the contract according to the mutual agreement of the lessor and the lessee.
•  It is not allowed to unilaterally change the amount of rent.
•  The rent must be paid within the terms specified in the contract.

Termination of the contract

The lease agreement is terminated by agreement of the parties.

Termination of the lease agreement at the request of the lessor is carried out only in the court procedure according to certain grounds.

These grounds include:

•  if the rent is not paid more than 2 times after six months or short rent;
•  if housing is destroyed or damaged;
•  if the housing was used for illegal purposes.

If the tenant uses the housing for another purpose or violates the rights and interests of the neighbors, the landlord can warn the tenant to stop the violation.

If the lessee continues to violate the rules even after receiving a warning, the lessor has the right to cancel the contract in court.

According to the above, it is not allowed to unilaterally change the terms of the contract.

“Violated rights can be restored by applying to civil courts for illegal demands for eviction or overpayment by landlords.

One can contact the judicial authorities, “Madad” NGO and its regional offices to get practical assistance in filing documents, including a claim. Justice department helps applicants with documents!

Dear landlords! We urge you not to violate the requirements of the law by harming the rights and interests of other people at the expense of your own interests,” the ministry reminds.

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