Forum tells real estate firm to cough up R50,000
CHANDIGARH: District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has penalised Unitech Limited and ordered it to pay Rs 50,000 compensation to a resident of Industrial Area, Phase 1, Chandigarh.
According to the complainant, Anand Engineers booked a flat with opposite party no.1 under its prelaunch scheme, through JD Realtors, and paid an initial sum of Rs 6,50,000 by cheque. The scheme was finally launched by opposite party in July 2007 and allotment letter was issued on July 31, 2007.
The details in the allotment letter revealed that the actual area and design of the apartment was not as per the representation made earlier. Earlier, it was projected that the approximate area of the apartment would be between 1,400 and 1,900 square feet. But the proposed allotment was for 2,096 square feet that overshot the budget by over Rs 6 lakh. The complainant did not accept the allotment letter and sought refund of their application money. However, the opposite party failed to refund the amount despite visits to their site at Noida.
The opposite party in their reply stated that no communication regarding refund was received from the complainants. They pleaded that the complainant failed to make the payment despite asking them through various letters. The opposite party denied any receipt of legal notice. The forum, after seeing the evidence provided by both the parties, ordered Unitech Limited to pay Rs 50,000 as compensation to the complainant.