Government tightens noose around illegal occupants of Government accommodation

Heavy Penal Rents to be charged with immediate effect

Srinagar: With a view to ensuring speedy eviction of illegal occupants of government accommodation, Government has decided to impose heavy penal rents on such unauthorized occupants with immediate effect. The Estates Department today issued a SoP  in this regard.

As per the SoP, if the official accommodation is not vacated by the occupant within one week of the issuance of final eviction notice, penal rent five times of the prescribed rent shall be charged for the first month of the overstay. If the accommodation is not vacated after the expiry of first month, the penal rent 10 times of the prescribed rent shall be charged for the next two months. If the accommodation is not vacated even after three months, the enhanced penal rent 20 times or as per market rates in vogue to be worked out by Public Works (R&B) Department, whichever is higher, shall be charged.

A  number of illegal occupants of Estates accommodation have neither vacated the official accommodation occupied by them nor responded to the communications/notices issued by the Estates department from time to time.

The illegal occupation of Government accommodation also infringes upon the rights of the other genuine claimants, who are in need of government accomodation for smooth discharge of their duties. However, the continued unauthorized occupation of Government accommodation creates avoidable difficulties for the Estates Department in providing accommodation to such bonafide employees.

Therefore, in a stern warning, the Estates Department has asked all such unauthorized occupants to either vacate the accommodation immediately or be prepared to pay the penal rents.

The Estates Department has issued express directions to its field staff for implementation of the SoP in letter and spirit. The Department will be periodically reviewing the matter so as to enforce the SoP.

Table showing penal rents for unauthorised occupation of Government Accommodation

S.No. Category Licence Fees/Rent(including FF charges) per month Penal rate @ 5 times(for one month of overstay) Penal rate @ 10 times(for second and third month of overstay) Penal rate @ 20 times or market rate as shall be assessed by PWD(R&B) Deptt. whichever is higher for every month of overstay beyond 03 months)


1. Type-I 592 2960 5920 11840
2. Type-2 920 4600 9200 18400
3. Type-3 1454 7270 14540 29080
4. Type-4 3174 15870 31740 63480
5. Type-5 4232 21160 42320 84640
6. Type-6 5819 29095 58190 116380
7. Type-7 11109 55545 111090 222180

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