Renting out your vacant property is a good way of earning extra income and keeping the space occupied while maintaining the ownership. However, finding the right tenant who pays their rent on time, who does not damage your property and holds no criminal record can be difficult. It can be even more nerve-wracking if you’re a landlord who’s renting out property for the first time. Fret not! You should know that Pakistan has a number of laws in place to protect your rights as a landlord. For starters, all tenants are supposed to register themselves at the nearest police station. If you think registering yourself during the Covid-19 pandemic isn’t safe then there’s some good news for you. Pakistan has launched platforms for online registration of tenants which will make the process easier, while protecting landlords from any potential threat.
Online Tenancy Registration In Islamabad
Registering tenants with the local police station secures the landlord since the record of the new tenant is also with the police now. The previous method of registering tenants with the law enforcement body was manual, and took the effort of physically visiting the police station and submitting the documents by hand. This also took time to retrieve the documents when needed.
The online registration will not only make the process simpler, easier and more convenient but also help in pulling the files of desired tenants quickly if needed.
How To Register?
The online registration of tenants in Islamabad is pretty simple if only you have the required details and documents. Before we go into the details of how to register online, let us first look at the essential information that will be required to fill the form.
Information Required For Online Tenant Registration
Since it is important for every landlord and tenant to sign a formal agreement that protects both against any violation and breach. Most of the information can be found using that agreement and the remaining can always be asked from the tenant.
Tenant & Landlord Details
- Tenant National Identity Card (NIC) number
- Full name
- Guardian name
- Relationship with guardian
- Phone number
- Permanent address
- Nearest police station
- Recent picture of tenant (max size 5MB)
- House/flat/shop number
- Street number
- Type of property rented (residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural)
- Agreement/shifting date
- Agreement starting date
- Agreement ending date
- Linking police station
- Picture of a copy of rent agreement (max size 5MB)
Once you have all the required details, the registration process will only take you a few minutes. Follow the steps below:
Step 1: Visit Islamabad Police official website https://islamabadpolice.gov.pk/ipwe/.
Step 2: Go to their public services section and click ‘tenant registration’.
Step 3: You find a button for applying online at the end of the page.
Step 4: Select if you are an owner or a tenant and click next.
Step 5: Fill out all the details in the boxes, especially the ones that have been starred.
Step 6: Mark the check box at the end of the form to confirm that all the details have been correctly added, which would otherwise lead to legal action, and submit.
Online Tenancy Registration In Punjab
The process of registering your tenants online with Punjab will only take a few minutes of your time. But prior to registering your tenants, you will need to keep information such as CNIC number, mobile number etc, at hand.
Information Of Tenants And Landlords
- Father/husband name
- Country national identity card (CNIC) number
- Contact number
- Picture in soft copy
- Country, province and city name
- Temporary address
- Vehicle type (optional)
- Vehicle registration number (optional)
Information Of Property
- House number
- Street number
- Area name
- Nearest police station (you can select from drop-down options
How To Register
Now that you have gathered all the information, follow these easy steps and register your new tenant with Punjab Police.
Step 1: Visit Punjab Police official website https://punjabpolice.gov.pk/.
Step 2: Click on the ‘public services’ tab and select ‘tenants registration’.
Step 3: Provide your mobile phone number and click to generate a code that will be sent to your phone via text SMS. Enter the code in the given box and submit.
Step 4: Select from the given options if you want to register as a tenant, landlord or property dealer. Provide the CNIC numbers of both tenant and landlord and click next to proceed.
Step 5: Here you will be required to provide some essential information about the landlord, for example, full name, father’s/husband’s name, mobile number and picture. For the tenant, the information required is almost similar to that of a landlord but there are additional boxes too which you can fill with information like occupation, vehicle and its registration number and working address.
Step 6: Once you have provided the information about the landlord and tenant, the next section on the page is for information about the property which you are renting. You will be required to give your address in different boxes along with the name of the nearest police station which you can select from the drop-down menu.
Step 7: After you have confirmed that all the information provided is correct, you have to mark the checkbox as a security measure and submit the form.
Note: All the boxes that have been starred are necessary to be filled.
The information is now registered with the Punjab Police department and you can take a printout of the page as well for your own record. In case you close or miss the window, you can go back to the tenants registration tab and request for a print from there after you have entered the required information.
Importance of Online Registration system for tenants
The initiative taken by the Islamabad and Punjab Police will bring more convenience to the landowners which will take them less time to register their tenants with the police. Moreover, it will also help in protecting the property of the owners from being used for ill purposes. Previously, owners and tenants had to visit the police station for registration which took a lot of their precious time and the whole process was manual. Now the process is not only simpler but also the record will be saved digitally which will allow the department to pull out any record easily if needed. The information stored in the portal will also allow the police to identify any criminals hiding from the force.
Landlord-Tenant Law in Pakistan
We have a guide that highlights things to consider before signing the tenancy agreement that’s useful for both the owner and the tenant. However, there are few things about landlord-tenant law in Pakistan that both parties should know considering real estate is one of the fastest-growing industries in the country.
Broadly, one should know:
- What is a tenancy agreement and how it is drafted
- Property taxes of the rented space are payable by the landowner and the tenant should be reimbursed the amount if they have paid it
- If the property is damaged by the tenant, they should pay for it unless it is something that was the outcome of a natural disaster or seepage etc.
- Subletting the property without the written consent of the real owner can be challenged in court
Revoking Agreement Or Evicting A Tenant
Landlords love tenants who pay their rent on time or within the agreed time frame. Both the parties are required to follow the terms and conditions of the signed agreement. The law only gives the right to a landowner to ask for eviction if:
- The tenant violates property rules / rental agreement
- The property is used illegally or for something that has not been allowed by the owner
- Property is damaged
- Rental charges do not suit to one party
The landowner will be required to give a formal notice to the tenant and sufficient time (as written in the agreement) to clear the property.
This is all you will need to know about the online registration of tenants. Let us know about your valuable feedback and thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org. Meanwhile, you may also find these blogs to be informative:
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