Home­buy­ers re­port aber­rant builders to Gra­hak Pan­chayat

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - MU BAI - Varun Singh

The Mum­bai Gra­hak Pan­chayat (MGP) re­cently con­ducted an on­line sur­vey of home­buy­ers in the state, to find out on aware­ness re­gard­ing their rights and builders’ obli­ga­tions un­der the newly en­acted RERA Act. The sur­vey fo­cussed on two im­por­tant is­sues; firstly, non-reg­is­tra­tion of on­go­ing real es­tate projects, and se­condly, nonex­e­cu­tion of “agree­ment for sale” by builders de­spite ac­cept­ing more than 10 per cent of flat’s cost from home­buy­ers. They re­ceived sev­eral com­plaints of which 707 were from home­buy­ers com­plain­ing about non-reg­is­tra­tion of projects while 640 com­plained of non-reg­is­tra­tion of sale agree­ment.

Out of 707 home­buy­ers, 374 — that is 53 per cent — have re­ported that their builder has not reg­is­tered the on­go­ing real es­tate project with Ma­haRERA. Out of these 374 home­buy­ers, 233 had never ear­lier reg­is­tered a com­plaint with Ma­haRERA over non­reg­is­tra­tion of projects. Thirty-five per cent of 707 home­buy­ers, did not know that their on­go­ing projects were re­quired to be reg­is­tered with Ma­haRERA by the builder. Out of 707 buy­ers, al­most 41 per cent did not know that for non­reg­is­tra­tion

of the project, the builder can be pe­nalised up to 10 per cent of the project’s cost un­der RERA Act.

Out of the other set of 640 home­buy­ers, 302 buy­ers have re­ported that in spite of pay­ing more than 10 per cent of the flat’s cost, their builders

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