Questions to ask
Focus on these areas to get the best out of your RTI application
Does the project you’re planning to invest have a clear l and title? Does the builder constructing it have a licence or a sanctioned building plan? Has the developer provided you with details such as the number of floors, units and towers he intends to construct and are you certain that they have all been sanctioned by the concerned authority? Here’s what you should authenticate before purchasing an apartment.
Land use/ title: Many developers have duped homebuyers by launching residential projects on plots that they don’t even own. In some cases, developers own the land but they launch the project without getting the land use changed from agriculture to residential. Both the concerned revenue department and the development authority can authenticate the title and land use for you.
Licence/sanction plan/ building plan: In Gurgaon, a developer first gets a licence followed by an approval for the layout plan. The next stage i nvolves approval of building plans. Similar approvals are required in other micro markets. While filing an RTI, ask if the developer has received all these mandatory approvals.
Number of approved units: Even well- known developers have violated building norms and constructed over and above the number of flats that were initially approved. These are illegal units and the concerned authority can demolish them. Always ask for details such as the number of units, number of towers and the number of floors sanctioned by the authority.
FAR/purchasable FAR: In some cases, developers purchase additional FAR during construction which means they can construct more area than what was approved earlier. Armed with extra FAR (floor area ratio), the developer may construct additional towers in the area demarcated as green, without letting the homebuyers know about the changes made in the original layout plan.
True disclosure as endorsed by the competent authority: As a homebuyer, do your due diligence. If you are filing an RTI, find out if the developer has given true disclosure and if a competent authority has endorsed it.
Completion certificate: If you’re planning to purchase a ready-to-move-in flat or buying a unit from the secondary market, seek information about the completion certificate of the project. It’s the only document that ensures that the developer has all approvals in place.