Flat handover delay cases increase
Delay in possession of property, wrong disclosure by developers and agreements not in accordance with Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory (MahaRERA) format form the main complaints registered with the MahaRERA authority.
The government enacted the Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Act 2016, and all sections of the Act have come into force with effect from May 1 this year with the state being the first to notify its rules under the Act and establish MahaRERA.
A short analysis of the nature of complaints and adjudication by the authority in the last five months have seen that of the more than 600 orders, nearly 60 have been uploaded on the website.
Agreements not executed as stated and refund amount pending, among other issues, were cited in the complaints registered by citizens on the MahaRERA website.
While assessing the types of adjudications, complaints filed with Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) are either withdrawn or amicably settled by parties with directions given in some while, in very few cases, developers have been asked to pay up penalty for violations, stated the analysis report prepared in consultation with MahaRERA officials.
“The complaints were largely by consumers while a miniscule of them were taken suo motu by the authority or by third parties, according to the analysis,’’ stated MahaRERA sources.
Dismissal of complaints too featured in the orders, which are mainly because of lack of facts, no jurisdiction or no locus standi.
Some citizen groups feel that there needs to be much more forceful orders while others believe that they need more time.
Pune Grahal Manch’s Vijay Sagar told TOI that in their observations there should be more orders which will ensure penalty for those in the wrong and there should be no negotiation. ‘We want them to take more cognizance of source information complaints and even revert on normal complaints. Unless this is done, there won’t be necessary impact,’’ stated Sagar.
Activist Vijay Kumbhar too said that he was against amicable settlement of complaints. “We want conclusive judgements,’’ he said.
However, Mumbai Grahak Manch representatives are of the opinion that MahaRERA was still at a nascent stage and lot of awareness needs to be created among consumers regarding the kind of complaints that can be filed.
“We need to give it more time rather than pass judgements,’’ stated president Shirish Deshpande.