What is a ‘tem­po­rary’ oc­cu­pancy cer­tifi­cate?

Buy­ers ask if regis­tra­tions of their prop­er­ties will be valid in case builders do not get com­ple­tion cer­tifi­cates

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Manoj Gaur, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Gaur­sons.

An­other es­tab­lished builder is plan­ning to launch 500 apart­ments this year. “We will have 3BHK and 4BHK units of over 1,600 sq ft. The lo­ca­tion is good and is more or less sta­bilised,” he says.

As for why buy­ers should in­vest in this mar­ket, real es­tate ex­perts say that com­pared to Ya­muna Ex­press­way, Noida Ex­ten­sion is a much su­pe­rior mar­ket. The sales are largely end-user driven and it is a great As many as fam­i­lies have moved into apart­ments in Greater Noida West As many as apart­ments to be ready by mi­cro mar­ket from the liv­abil­ity as­pect con­sid­er­ing the fact that prices are af­ford­able (up­wards of ₹ 3,200 per sq ft) com­pared to sec­tors 78 or 150 where prices start at ₹ 4,500 per sq ft.

Greater Noida West caters to peo­ple who can­not af­ford to in­vest in Noida or Indi­ra­pu­ram, where prices are up­wards of ₹ 5,000 per sq ft. It is also an af­ford­able op­tion for peo­ple want­ing to grad­u­ate to big­ger apart­ments from Indi­ra­pu­ram, says Shveta Jain of Cush­man and Wake­field, In­dia.

For over 3,000 fam­i­lies in Greater Noida West, it’s a bat­tle for ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties. Many of them had been lit­er­ally forced to move into projects with­out com­ple­tion cer­tifi­cates as they ran out of funds to pay for both the equated monthly in­stall­ments (EMIs) and rent. Other prob­lems faced by them in­cluded lack of Ganga wa­ter sup­ply, pub­lic trans­port, hos­pi­tals and schools.

The Greater Noida Au­thor­ity has re­cently up­loaded the list of devel­op­ers who have been given both com­ple­tion cer­tifi­cates and part com­ple­tion cer­tifi­cates on­line to fa­cil­i­tate home­buy­ers. Some projects have been is­sued tem­po­rary oc­cu­pancy cer­tifi­cates and that is a big problem, says In­dr­ish Gupta, co-founder of Noida Ex­ten­sion Flat Own­ers Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion (NEFOWA).

Hi­man­shu, who has in­vested in two apart­ments in a project in Greater Noida West says that he has not yet ac­cepted pos­ses­sion be­cause of the bad qual­ity of con­struc­tion and the fact that his de­vel­oper has only been given a tem­po­rary oc­cu­pancy cer­tifi­cate.

“This is il­le­gal. What is the guar­an­tee that the de­vel­oper will get a cer­tifi­cate af­ter 18 months? If he has not been able to ful­fil obli­ga­tions in all these years, how can he do so in just about a few months? Also if we get reg­is­tra­tion done on the ba­sis of the tem­po­rary oc­cu­pancy cer­tifi­cate given to the de­vel­oper, will our reg­is­tra­tion be can­celled if the builder does not get a com­ple­tion cer­tifi­cate for the en­tire project?” he asks.

His builder, says Hi­man­shu, has also been de­mand­ing exta charges for use of the gym­na­sium and bad­minton court. “It is our club and we have paid money for these fa­cil­i­ties. How can he de­mand ad­di­tional charges?”he ask.

Re­cently, Hi­man­shu and other home­buy­ers had filed a com­plaint with the Greater Noida Au­thor­ity when the builder de­cided to sell a part of the base­ment as stor­age space. “How can he sell com­mon ar­eas and that too in an all-cash trans­ac­tion?” he asks. The builder had also col­lected ₹ 1,000 from 500 res­i­dents for for­ma­tion of a res­i­dents’ wel­fare as­so­ci­a­tion. “This is al­most ₹ 5 lakh ex­tra and no re­ceipt has been is­sued for the same,” al­leges an­other

res­i­dent.

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Greater Noida Au­thor­ity has up­loaded a list of builders who have re­ceived ‘tem­po­rary’ cer­tifi­cates

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