356. Liability of occupier to pay in default of owner.
(1) If any notice, order or requisition has been issued to any person in respect of property of which he is the owner, the authority or the officer at whose instance such notice, order or requisition has been issued, may require the occupier of such property or of any part thereof to pay to him, instead of to the owner, any rent payable by him in respect of such property, as it falls due upto the amount recoverable from the owner under section 355:
Provided that if the occupier refuses to disclose the correct amount of the rent payable by him or the name or address of the person to whom it is payable, the officer may recover from the occupier the whole amount recoverable under section 355 as an arrear of tax under this Act.
(2) Any amount recovered from an occupier instead of from an owner under sub-section (1), shall, in the absence of any contract between the owner and the occupier to the contrary, be deemed to have been paid to the owner.