Centre to introduce a new clause in real estate bill
The centre is set to introduce an anti-discriminatory clause in rules under the real estate act to curb the practice of builders refusing to sell their apartments based on a buyer’s religion, marital status or dietary preferences.
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation is expected to notify the rules under the Act by October 31.
The anti-discrimination clause will provide recourse to buyers who are denied a house by builders on the basis of their caste, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, dietary choices or any other factors. Under the RERA Act, builders failing to adhere to the tribunal’s orders are liable to face imprisonment of upto three years or monetary fine, according to the legislation.