This Act provides the legal framework for the relationship between landlords and tenants. It consists of 63 sections and is divided into 9 Parts: Preliminary (sects. 12-2); Nature of tenancies and the law applicable thereto (sects. 3-4); Capacity for letting and taking on hire land and buildings (sect. 5); Provisions relating to leases (sects. 6-12); Provisions relating to tenancies generally (sects. 13-19); Recovery of rent by distress (sects. 20-35); Special provisions relating to the landlord’s right of distress for rent (sects. 36-43); Landlord’s duty to repair certain tenements (sect. 44); Recovery of possession of tenement (sect. 45-49); Miscellaneous provisions (sect. 50-63). Section 3 defines various tenancies. Leases that are to carry on for more than three years shall be concluded by deed (sect. 6). Section 7 defines the form and content of a lease.
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Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to settlement of urban areas by former slaves and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. The resulting ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence.