Either the lessor1 or the lessee2 under a restricted contract3 may refer the contract to the appropriate tribunal4; but no other person, unless authorised to act as an agent for one of the above, can validly make such a reference5. Where there are joint tenants, the reference must be made by or on behalf of all of them6. It is essential that there is a subsisting contract at the date of the reference7, although not at the date of the hearing8. It is not intended that these provisions should be used to create a general rent-fixing tribunal throughout a
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