WHY PAY FOR SOMETHING THAT DOESN’T EXIST?
stairwell, entrance lobbies, electric sub-stations, pump house, guard rooms and other common facilities are part of the common area. So it’s difficult to determine an individual’s share in the undivided common area in a housing project populated by 2000 to 3000 residents.
This becomes more complicated when a developer claims that balconies etc, which are not part of the builtup area, have been included in the super area.
The other real estate destinations in Delhi NCR too share a similar story. Take the case of Amit (name changed) who bought a 3 BHK measuring 1625 square feet (super area) in 2008 in a prominent group housing project in Noida. The total area of the same flat was shown as 1297 sq ft in the layout plan of the project approved by the Noida Authority.
When all the flats were constructed, the Authority allowed the developer to increase the FAR (floor area ratio) from 1.5 to 2. It means that the developer can add more floors to the towers or can cover more land for construction but surpris- ingly in the new layout plan submitted to the Authority, Amit’s 3 BHK flat, which was already constructed before availing increased FAR by the developer, was expanded to 1326 sq ft.
That’s not all, when he got his flat registered in 2013, the sub-lease deed showed the covered area as 1186 sq ft and common area 439 sq ft - totaling 1625 sq ft. “I don’t have the exact specifications of my flat - or if ot covers 1297 sq ft, 1326 sq ft, 1186 sq ft or 1625 sq ft. All I know is that I have paid for 1625 sq ft,” he says.