they all became the statutory tenants of the premises with the benefit of protection againstvacation of the premises, expect in accordance with the provisions of the said Bombay RentAct. Thus an illegal practice of creating Leave & License in respect of residential premises, whichwas contrary to the provisions of the said Bombay Rent Act. Thus an illegal practice of creatingLeave & License in respect of residential premises, which was contrary to the provisions of thesaid Rent Act, converted such occupation into tenancy. Therefore, the Landlords, who did notrequire the premises for their own use, were not willing to give the premises to others, whichcreated scarcity inasmuch as on the one hand sufficient real estate stock was available and onthe other, people were not getting the accommodation, albeit for temporary period. Thesewere being held back by the owners because of the apprehension of not getting the premisesback, when they needed in view of the protection provided to the tenants by said Bombay RentAct.In the circumstances and as a practical solution to this problem, a specific provision was madeby way of Section 13A2 in said Act for giving the residential premises on license basis, whichalso provided that in case of the failure of the licensee to deliver the possession of the licensedpremises on the expiry of the period of license, the licensee could be summarily evicted fromthe premises by the Component Authority as per the provisions of Section 31D of the saidBombay Rent Act. This Section 13A2 did not provide for any specific period of a license andfurther clarified that an Agreement of License in writing shall be conclusive evidence of the factof the License.Be that as it may. With a view to unify, consolidate the laws prevailing in the different parts of the State, the Bombay Rent Control Act of 1947, has been repealed and replaced by theMaharashtra Rent Control Act, 1999, (Act No: 18 of 2000) w.e.f. 31st March, 2000, wherein aLicensee means a person in occupation of the premises under a subsisting agreement forlicense given for a license fee or charge and notwithstanding the protective provisions of thesaid Act, a licensee has to deliver possession of the licensed premises to the landlord on theexpiry of the period of license and failing which Section 24 thereof, empowers a landlord torecover possession of the premises through summary proceedings before the CompetentAuthority and till the date of dispossession, a licensee is liable to pay damages at double therate of the license fee or charge of the premises fixed under the Agreements of License.As per the provisions of the said Act in Section 43 and 44, a licensee in such proceedings has tofirst satisfy the Competent Authority about the grounds on which he seeks to contest theeviction proceedings and obtain the permission to contest the same. The order of recovery of possession of the premises made by the Competent Authority is non-appealable, though arevision application may be filed within ninety days with the State Government.