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I have read that “in the absence of any family member not residing with the tenant all the heirs will be entitled to the tenancy right”. “ I have two married daughters residing in Navi Mumbai and I am at the Central suburb, how can I ensure that the tenancy rights of my daughters will be safeguarded and after my death the tenancy can be transferred in their names according to my will ?

- by Kishan, Mumbai

The law by which your premises is governed, is very clear that if any member of the family is residing with the deceased tenant at the time of his/her death, such family member gets preferential rights over the other heirs. In your case if any one of your daughter is residing with you, then such daughter will get preferential right over her sister. But both your daughters are not residing with you, therefore both will get right in tenancy as the tenancy right will devolve upon both of them as co-tenants, while qua the landlord they will be joint tenants.

The tenancy right cannot be bequeathed by will. Without reference of tenancy right in the will both will get automatically the tenancy right by operation of law.


These are all the legal questions answered by Advocate S.Selvakumar in various magazines, in various occasion including realestate reporter monthly.