Not happy with the man­age­ment of your hous­ing so­ci­ety?

A spe­cial gen­eral body meet­ing can be con­vened for re­moval of the man­age­ment com­mit­tee or its of­fi­cials if they fail to look af­ter a so­ci­ety’s fa­cil­i­ties

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The pre­vi­ous col­umn dis­cussed t he i mpor­tant points in re­spect of trans­fer of mem­ber­ship in a Co­op­er­a­tive Hous­ing So­ci­ety (hous­ing so­ci­ety) as gov­erned by t he Delhi Co- op­er­a­tive So­ci­ety Act, 2003 (Act) and Delhi Co­op­er­a­tive So­ci­eties Rule, 2007 (Rules) framed there­un­der. This col­umn will dis­cuss the du­ties of the man­age­ment com­mit­tee vis- a- vis maintenance of the hous­ing so­ci­ety com­plex.

A hous­ing so­ci­ety is cre­ated to pro­mote the in­ter­ests of its mem­bers and to ful­fill the ob­jects for which it is cre­ated. The so­ci­ety will be duty-bound to look af­ter the in­ter­ests of mem­bers oc­cu­py­ing/re­sid­ing in the apart­ment/dwelling unit, even af­ter apart­ments have been al­lo­cated to them.

The com­mon ar­eas, ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties in the hous­ing so­ci­ety com­plex are for com­mon en­joy­ment and use of mem­bers. The Act and Rules make the man­age­ment com­mit­tee of the hous­ing so­ci­ety com­plex to man­age the af­fairs of the com­plex, to main­tain and reg­u­late com­mon ar­eas, ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties in the hous­ing so­ci­ety com­plex. Such ser­vices/ fa­cil­i­ties are needed by the mem­bers to en­joy their prop­erty in the com­plex/ build­ing to the fullest.

In terms of rule, the man­age­ment com­mit­tee is un­der obli­ga­tion to do the fol­low­ing: To main­tain es­sen­tial ser­vices in a hous­ing so­ci­ety com­plex on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, such as elec­tric­ity sup­ply, wa­ter sup­ply, sewage, garbage dis­posal, run­ning of l i f t s, borewells, gensets, wa­ter har­vest­ing sys­tems and maintenance of green ar­eas, se­cu­rity ser­vices, avail­abil­ity of plumber, fire safety equip­ment and other ser­vices spec­i­fied by the The so­ci­ety’s man­age­ment com­mit­tee should main­tain all es­sen­tial ser­vices such as elec­tric­ity and wa­ter sup­ply gen­eral body of the hous­ing so­ci­ety.

To carry out re­pair work and maintenance of the prop­erty of the hous­ing so­ci­ety. To carry out reg­u­lar in­spec­tion of items and tak­ing im­me­di­ate ac­tion for re­pair and maintenance out of hous­ing so­ci­ety fund for in­ter­nal roads; com­pound wall; ex­ter­nal wa­ter pipe­lines; wa­ter pumps; wa­ter stor­age tanks; drainage lines; sep­tic tanks; stair­cases; struc­tural re­pairs of roofs of all flats; out­side wall/ ex­te­rior of the build­ing(s); maintenance of It should carry out reg­u­lar in­spec­tion of in­ter­nal roads, wa­ter pipe­lines, stair­cases and other struc­tural re­pairs parks; com­mon park­ing and garages; power back-up; lifts; dam­aged ceil­ings and plas­ter on the top floors on ac­count of leak­age of the rain­wa­ter through the ter­race; any other com­mon prop­erty/space/fa­cil­ity/ser­vices as pre­scribed by the gen­eral body .

To in­sure hous­ing so­ci­ety build­ing(s)/com­plex equip­ment, fixtures and fit­tings e t c a g ai nst t he r i s k of earth­quakes and other al­lied per­ils.

To pre­pare a disas­ter man­age­ment plan for the build­ing and com­plex and im­ple­ment It has the power to ini­ti­ate pro­ceed­ings for re­cov­ery against de­fault­ing mem­bers who fail to pay the charges within 30 days and up­date it reg­u­larly. To pre­pare a fire preven­tion plan and cre­ate aware­ness, con­duct drill about its preven­tion and evac­u­a­tion etc in con­sul­ta­tion with the lo­cal fire depart­ment.

In case of com­plaint by any mem­ber/oc­cu­pant in re­spect of any of the items men­tioned above, the man­age­ment com­mit­tee is re­quired to take suit­able ac­tion re­gard­ing the same within a pe­riod of 15 days from the date of com­plaint.

Ev­ery hous­ing so­ci­ety af­ter ob­tain­ing ap­proval at the gen­eral body meet­ing is re­quired to frame reg­u­la­tions of es­sen­tial ser­vices from time to time, which shall con­tain de­tails of ser­vices to be pro­vided and charges to be re­cov­ered for such ser­vices from the mem­bers and res­i­dents of the hous­ing so­ci­ety.

The costs of maintenance of com­mon ar­eas and fa­cil­i­ties, re­pairs and re­place­ment are met from charges paid by mem­ber/ owners/oc­cu­pants of the flat/ units in the hous­ing so­ci­ety com­plex. The man­age­ment com­mit­tee has the power to ini­ti­ate pro­ceed­ings for re­cov­ery against de­fault­ing mem­bers who fail to pay the charges within 30 days of de­mand by the man­age­ment com­mit­tee.

It may be noted that in the event of the man­age­ment com­mit­tee or any of its of­fi­cers fail­ing to ful­fill any of the above re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to­wards the hous­ing so­ci­ety, a spe­cial gen­eral body meet­ing may be con­vened for re­moval of the com­mit­tee and/or any of its of­fi­cers. Fur­ther, the regis­trar may also, pass an order for re­moval of the com­mit­tee or its of­fi­cers if in his opin­ion the man­age­ment com­mit­tee is neg­li­gent in per­form­ing the du­ties/re­spon­si­bil­i­ties im­posed on it un­der the Act.


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