The Government has rolled out a notification in national dailies today, warning property dealers and owners of houses, hostels and hotels to take note of the identification and activities of their tenants and guests.
Under the Sindh Information of Temporary Residents Act 2015, the provincial government has made it mandatory for property owners and real estate agents to gather complete details of tenants and submit them to their local police station within 48 hours.
On the other hand, hotel and hostel owners are required to verify the identity of their guests and provide all the relevant information to their local police station within 3 hours of the arrival of the guest.
The government has also made it compulsory for property owners and managers of hostels/hotels and even real estate agents to ensure that the tenants/guests do not possess any weapon or explosive. However, if they possess a licensed weapon, full details of the same are required to be provided to the local police station.
If anyone fails to submit all the required information to the authorities concerned, they will have to face untoward consequences. Violation of the laws imposed by the government can result in imprisonment of up to 6 months or a penalty of PKR 45,000.
I believe this is a promising move by the Sindh government to improve law and order in the province. Owners of houses, hotels and hostels should also abide by these rules to help the government achieve its mission.
We all know that improved law and order in Karachi has played a significant role in increasing investor confidence in the city’s real estate sector and amplifying property prices. Similarly, the rules set by the government for proper identification of tenants/guests can also play an important role in strengthening the housing sector and hotel industry of the entire province.
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