10 landlords arrested for illegal rental of villas in Lonavala

Police in the city of Lonavala between July 29 and July 31 booked ten villa owners under IPC for renting property to tourists without required permission

Pune: Between July 29 and July 31, police in the city of Lonavala booked ten villa owners under IPC Article 188 for renting their property to tourists without the required permission.

Lonavala City Council has called on landlords not to rent villas without checking security measures.

Two recent incidents of pool fatalities prompted the administration to take preventative action.

Owners need a license from the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) to rent their property. Authorities said it had become a trend in the hill station to give out villas and bungalows for rent to tourists without asking for permits.

“Our campaign has intensified after the two recent deaths. Landlords must either obtain the required license or stop renting villas and bungalows,” Police Inspector Sitaram Dubal said.

On July 13, a two-year-old boy drowned in the swimming pool of a private bungalow in Lonavala. A 13-year-old boy died of electrocution while getting out of a swimming pool on June 28.

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