Deregistration okayed for two projects in state by MahaRERA

According to officials, the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) has approved the deregistration of two projects in the state out of a total of 60 applications received for the same.

The authority issued an order in February allowing developers to deregister their projects under specific conditions. The procedure has been permitted because many developers are unable to begin and complete building construction.

Deregistration of real estate projects with no allottees (homebuyers) is now permitted under MahaRERA. If there are homebuyers, deregistration will be considered only if the developer resolves the homeowners’ rights and claims, according to the ruling issued on February 10 of this year.

According to the authorities, while two developers have been allowed to deregister under the conditions outlined above, the remaining 58 petitions are being reviewed. “We are carefully reviewing all applications.” “We have only allowed the deregistration of two projects so far,” stated a MahaRERA official.

Homebuyers added that if projects are deregistered, it should be noted on the MahaRERA website, and a notice should be posted at the building site. “The authority should ensure that the developers explain the reasons for not proceeding with the project on their website and they should also indicate the same at the construction sites,” said advocate Godfrey Pimenta, trustee of the Watchdog Foundation.


CREDAI NCR wants state development authorities to be brought under RERA as ‘promoters’

The Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (CREDAI), NCR, has demanded that various state development authorities be brought under the ambit of the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) and be treated as “promoters” for their land allotment schemes, so that their accountability can be fixed.

On May 5, CREDAI, NCR, appealed to the Uttar Pradesh Real Estate Regulatory Authority (UPRERA) to register and regulate the various state development authorities, such as the Noida Authority, the Greater Noida Authority, etc, under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016.

The developers’ body said that once the registration of allotment schemes of state development authorities is made mandatory they will have to adhere to the RERA’s timelines, which will result in buyers getting their homes on time.

Gaurav Gupta, Secretary, CREDAI-NCR, said the move was prompted by several instances where land was allotted to the developer but possession could not be given because of encroachment or other issues, causing a delay in the completion of the project.

He said that whenever a project gets delayed either due to faulty land acquisition by the Authority or encroachment of land, the developer is held responsible and homebuyers suffer, while no accountability is fixed on the state development authorities.


A Damp House is a Significant Human Health Hazard

Ever wondered how damp in your house is playing with your health? Yes, the dampness on the wall here and there not only spoil the look of your home but impact the health of your family too. India being a tropical country, the building structures here are exposed to a high amount of moisture and humidity. Thus, they become more susceptible to damp development. When you are living in such a home, one thing leads to another and before you even know, your health is at risk too. Research suggests that on an average, we spend around 16 hours in our home. So, it is easy to apprehend how much at risk we are of developing health disorders due to damp.

Common human health hazards associated with a damp, moisture-laden house include:

  • Allergic Rhinitis: Characterized by frequent sneezing, stuffy nose, runny nose, itchy eyes, and post-nasal drip, allergic rhinitis is an inflammatory condition of the mucus membrane inside the nose. It is caused by viruses, bacteria, and allergens. Some of the external triggers of allergic rhinitis include humidity 3 chemicals, and air pollution (indoor or outdoor) etc.
  • Skin diseases: Most of the skin infections are caused by fungus. Fungal spores are the causal agent of these diseases. To understand more, click here 4 .
  • Migraine:One of the most common triggers of migraine is the weather. Whenever there is high (or low) humidity, there is a change in the oxygen levels in the air. The air becomes saturated with moisture in high humidity conditions reducing oxygen levels significantly. As a result, it
    becomes difficult for the brain of the people with migraine to receive the right amount of oxygen to function properly. Result? – Unusual expansion or contraction of the blood vessels to compensate for the lack of oxygen, exerting tremendous pressure on the nerve fibres. Therefore, indoor humidity too may trigger a migraine 5 headache.
  • Depression:Dampness and growth of fungus in poorly ventilated homes have been long associated with depression 6. One should be careful about it before it takes the turn of clinical depression.
  • Upper respiratory (nasal and throat) symptoms
  • Asthma symptoms in sensitized persons with asthma

What are the reasons and how does damp wreaks havoc on our health?

1. Flourishing Pathogens

When you have damp in your home, it means excess moisture has been accumulated. Guess what, it is best for enabling pathogens and all kinds of germs to flourish and reproduce in higher numbers. Besides viruses and bacteria, other microorganisms like fungi and algae also proliferate in a moist environment. These microorganisms, being pathogenic, bring forth health disorders of various types. They release harmful chemicals in the air that pollute the indoor atmosphere or act as allergens causing mild to severe irritations in different parts of the body. If dampness persists these irritations tend to become chronic in nature.

2.Humid conditions make transmission faster

If multiplying by leaps and bounds was not enough, the transmission of viruses and bacteria and other microbes is facilitated in humid conditions. When you present them a humid indoor environment, they tend to spread exponentially.

Look at what’s happening in the current pandemic situation! Earlier it was said that COVID-19 can flourish only in cold climates. But more recent evidence shows that it can be transmitted in all areas including hot and humid places 1. Actually, virus thrives inside the human body the normal temperature of which is 36.5-degree to 37-degree Celsius. This is regardless of the external temperature and weather conditions. So, apart from maintaining basic hygiene, it is advisable to keep your house as damp-free as possible to restrict the transmission of viruses.

3. Flourishing dust mites

Dust mites are popular in households where the temperature is considerably high and the moisture level is also in excess. They are the catalyst to give rise to allergy, stuffy nose, respiratory problems and asthma. So, if you have experienced stuffy nose, itchy eyes, and breathing problem then you might want to look into the condition of your house. These symptoms can further give birth to health problems that
will cost you in the long run. It is better to invest some money in your house now or at least take suitable care.

4. Welcoming pests

Well, mosquitoes and flies infested every part of the house, spiders spinning cobwebs in every corner, the occasional screeching of mice or musk-rats- is this how you picture your home? Damp build-up welcomes all these pests and other unwanted ones too. They have a directly proportionate relationship with damp which means the greater the damp in the house, the more is the number of pests. Now
would you want to live in a house with humans or disgusting pets? If the former option is your choice then get rid of this unhealthy living condition immediately. It affects your immune system, breathing pattern and slowly destroys your health.

5. Cold climate

Several types of research have shown that a cold indoor climate is the result of dampness in those regions where it is not naturally cold outside. Unmaintained house, damaged roofs and walls are the common causes but it could also be because of the lack of proper ventilation. Humans can stay overall healthy if the environment in which he or she is living is dry with optimum moisture content in the air. If
the house becomes a place where it is difficult to breathe then it is obvious that the environment isn’t right.

Cold indoor atmosphere adversely affects respiratory health. A significant number of people in the world suffer from asthma 2 which is often linked with damp indoors. Chronic coughing, wheezing, breathing difficulty are the health problems which lead a person towards asthma. And asthma could be life-threatening. It just gets worse if not treated in the right way with the right amount of attention.

To make your life a little easy, here are some common signs of damp to watch out:

Damp patches : A patch is a sign of damp commonly seen on the ceiling, walls, behind the WC in the bathroom etc. Damp patches on walls are generally the result of penetration 7, where water from outside gets into the brickwork through gaps and cracks

Musty damp smell : The first and the foremost thing about damps are they are musty and smell bad. The freshness of a room gets evaporated with damp walls. So, always keep an eye on this.

Peeling and flaky paint : The most common thing in a house that has been ignored. Once you start noticing this, get a professional inspection done and get it fixed.

Cold in-house atmosphere : Do you wonder why your house feels cold be it summer or winter? Well, it’s the damp dude!

Discoloured walls : Discoloration is characterized by localized darkening of the original color of walls

You can read this article for a better understanding of the same.

You should take proactive steps to reduce indoor air pollution because if you want to live a healthy life, your home is where you should start. Our environment plays a major role in our mental and physical well-being. So when it’s damp and dirty, it is not only creating a negative space you are living in but also and most importantly it is affecting your health in a way you might not anticipate. In such cases, it is sooner the better. Go for a professional damp inspection which will help in detecting the source of dampness with help of thermal imaging technology and take decisive action to eliminate damp from your house at the earliest.

You should take proactive steps to reduce indoor air pollution because if you want to live a healthy life, your home is where you should start. Our environment plays a major role in our mental and physical well-being. So when it’s damp and dirty, it is not only creating a negative space you are living in but also and most importantly it is affecting your health in a way you might not anticipate. In such cases, it is sooner the better. Go for a professional damp inspection which will help in detecting the source of dampness with help of thermal imaging technology and take decisive action to eliminate damp from your house at the earliest.

Rajasthan Realtors not Filing Quarterly Progress Reports

Many realtors in the state are not adhering to the Rajasthan Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) mandatory norm of filing online quarterly progress report (QRPS) of their registered projects.

According to mandatory provisions, a promoter must upload updates on the RERA website for the project at the end of each quarter on apartments/flats, status update of each building, floor, internal infrastructure, and common areas construction. Other details including information on approvals, bank account details, revision in plans, licence issues, permits or approvals for the projects also must be displayed in public forum. The body (RERA- Raj) had launched online facility for submission of QPR of registered projects. However, the rule is violated by the developers. A source in RERA said cases came to fore where developers had not submitted QRP for two years. After the non-submission of QPRs since June 2020 to March 2022, a notice under Section 11 (1) (e) of Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 was issued against the one promoter on July 11, 2022, but neither required QPRs was uploaded on web portal of the authority nor any response in this regard was made available to the Authority.

“QRP is a transparent procedure, which also keeps investors of the project informed and tells the financial health of the developers. However, if it is not uploaded on time, it certainly makes buyers anxious,” said a source. The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRera) recently made it mandatory for developers to upload a self-declaration form containing details of their projects across the country along with information that includes if any project has been shelved and if any warrant has been issued by Rera that buyers can access. Source said, “Same directions should be issued here in Rajasthan. But instead, of taking progressing steps, RERA – Raj has failed to take stringent action against developers to safeguard the buyers’ rights. Builders in the state are fearless,” a source added.


Govt Wants Real Estate To Be Fair & Transparent With A Buyer-Builder Agreement Model Across India

Secretary of Consumer Affairs Ministry, Rohit Kumar Singh said that the government has decided to form a committee to work on a model builder-buyer agreement to simplify the home-buying process and protect homebuyers from potential abuses.

Model Builder-Buyer Agreement To Simply the Home-Buying Process

He said this after the first Round Table Conference on How to Effectively Redress the Grievances Pertaining to Real Estate Sector, in Mumbai on Tuesday.

He said that this builder-buyer agreement could help reduce disputes between home-buyers and builders, and ensure that consumers have access to an effective, speedy, hassle-free, and inexpensive grievance redressal mechanism.

He added that by putting these measures like model buyer-builder agreements and effective grievance redressal mechanisms in place, the backlog of cases can be redressed and ensure that home-buyers are treated fairly and protected from potential abuses in future.

With members drawn from the National Consumer Commission, state consumer commissions, Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (RERA), Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) and builders as members to address the grievances of home-buyers and enhance consumer protection.

Speaking about the timeline of the formation of the committee, he said that they would “try and do it in the next three months. Stakeholders have to be collected from different sectors. It will be a landmark thing if it is done as it will at least give uniformity in handling of this sector across the country. It will be a template,” he said.

The disputes that exists between the home buyers as well as the developers could be resolved to some degree if the contract between the builders and buyers is standardised and uniformity is brought about. Singh said that the document should be unique as well as applicable across the country.

If this is done, the problem can be solved to some extent.

It was in association with the Government of Maharashtra that the roundtable was hosted by the DCA. He said that it was also the Supreme Court (SC) which had directed the need of having a model agreement across the country, and added that some states already have such a document in place.

There is an alarming need to put a system in place for the speedy justice and streamlining the process for homebuyers as it was seen that out of over 5.5 lakh cases currently awaiting resolution, over 54,000 cases relate to the housing sector.

These cases are due to various issues, 45% due to delay in possession; 12% to execution of sale deed, refund and withdrawal from project 12%; amenities 12%; and poor construction quality 12%, among others issues.

The Maharashtra Consumer Commission is faced with the maximum number of cases at 15,154 cases filed. Of this, about 8,718 have been disposed of, while 6,436 are still pending. In Delhi, 8,178 cases have been filed, of which 5,266 have been disposed of, and 2,912 are still pending. In Uttar Pradesh, 8,133 cases have been filed, of which 7,024 have been disposed of, and 1,109 cases are pending, show statistics from the ministry.

He also said that the agreement should be in simple language. “It is the common man who is buying. Therefore, the engagement between the buyer and the seller should be as simple as possible.”

Key Issues & Key Suggestions

The key issues identified by the home-buyers are:

• Delay in delivery of possession of property to home-buyers

• No compensation for delay in possession to home-buyers

• Biased, one-sided, and unfair builder-buyer agreements

• Amenities not provided to home-buyers as per the agreement

• Misleading advertisements by developers and influencers for luring home-buyers

• Non-adherence to the model builder-buyer agreement proposed by RERA.

The key suggestions to fix these were

• Sending draft agreement to buyers before execution

• Clearly mentioning permissions and sanctions obtained from competent authorities on the first page of the agreement

• Prohibiting builders from launching projects before obtaining all necessary permissions and sanctions

• Including an exit clause for home-buyers in all agreements that would be valid until the Occupancy Certificate (OC) or Completion Certificate (CC) is obtained and possession is offered by the builder

• Including a schedule of additional charges beyond the cost of the unit/apartment in all agreements.

• Include mandatory declarations regarding no dues from any authority/banks

• Necessary legal sanctions and approvals from competent authorities

• Strong action should be against unfair and misleading advertisements by developers


Centre to host Conference in Mumbai on redressing Property Buyers’ Grievances

With the real estate sector contributing around 10 per cent to the total cases in consumer commissions, the Department of Consumer Affairs will on Tuesday organise a round table conference in Mumbai to discuss ways to redress the grievances of property buyers.

According to an official statement, the Department of Consumer Affairs is organising a round table conference on “How to effectively redress the grievances pertaining to the real estate Sector” in Mumbai on April 18.

The conference will be organised in association with the Maharashtra government.

Rohit Kumar Singh, Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs, Government of India, will chair the conference.

“Pertinently, Real Estate cases comprise around 10 per cent of the total cases in Consumer Commissions. So far, since inception, 2,30,517 cases have been filed by the consumers in various consumer commissions, 1,76,895 cases have been disposed of till now, and 53,622 cases are pending,” the statement said.

Despite separate tribunals, such as RERA and NCLT, to deal with the cases pertaining to the housing sector, the pendency of cases is rising in various consumer commissions, the department said.

“It is for the first time, the Department is conducting such a large-scale conference to redress the consumer grievance in the real estate sector,” the statement said.

The conference will discuss — systemic policy interventions required to reduce litigation in the housing sector. In this regard, the cases filed in the Consumer Commissions would be analysed, and major factors that result in consumer cases will be identified and presented for deliberations.

“In addition, why more number of cases are filed before Consumer Commissions despite there being separate authorities, such as RERA, for specifically dealing (with) the cases pertaining to the housing sector will also be discussed. Meanwhile, deliberation on how to ensure that the housing sector cases are dealt with in an effective and speedy manner will also be done,” the statement said.

Members of the National Commission, Presidents of State Commissions of Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh and Gujarat; President of the RERA Appellate Tribunal Maharashtra; RERA Chairmen from Delhi and Maharashtra; Presidents of District Commissions of Delhi, Bengaluru, Thane, Pune, Raigad and Chandigarh are likely to participate in the conference.

Representatives from MOHUA (Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs), RERA, IBBI, Government of Maharashtra, ASCI, and all the VCOs (voluntary consumer organisations) and builders fraternity will also be present.

Homebuyers’ body Forum For People’s Collective Efforts (FPCE) President Abhay Upadhyay, who is also an invitee to the conference, has welcomed the move to organise such an event.

He hoped that the department will frame a legal framework to ensure that homebuyers get speedy resolution of their disputes.

“We are all aware that despite the regulator in place for the sector after the enactment of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act 2016, (RERA) malpractices prevalent in the sector have not completely come to an end.

“We are also witnessing that homebuyers are running pillar to post for justice even after having favourable orders from RERA as builders are refusing to obey the orders of RERA, and sadly even after six years of full implementation of RERA, we have failed to find a solution for this burning issue,” Upadhyay had said earlier this month.


Up RERA Appoints Cushman & Wakefield As Consultant

The Uttar Pradesh Real Estate Regulatory Authority (UPRERA) has appointed Cushman & Wakefield to help resolve issues of dues owed by developers and revival of stalled projects in Noida and Greater Noida.

Builders in the state owe an estimated Rs 40,000 crore to the Noida and Greater Noida authorities and the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority in the form of premium, interest, and penal interest against plots allotted for real estate projects. Thousands of homebuyers in Noida and Greater Noida have been unable to register their homes because the builders have not paid their dues.

UPRERA chairman Rajive Kumar said that the consultant will carry out an in-depth analysis of the projects in Noida and Greater Noida and come up with possible solutions so that homebuyers can get their houses expeditiously. He said the consultant will submit its report this month, after which UPRERA, in consultation with the state government, would take a decision on the matter.

Non-payment of dues by builders is one of the driving forces behind disputed projects in Noida and Greater Noida. So, both the issues are interlinked and ultimately homebuyers are suffering. This is UPRERA’s initiative to end this logjam.

An UPRERA official said the consultant has sought representation from the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (CREDAI) and the National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO) over the issue of clearing pending dues. He said UPRERA officials are likely to meet representatives of developer bodies and officials of the Noida and Greater Noida authorities.


Orissa HC issues restraint order on RERA’s registration fee notification, provides relief to builders

In a major relief to the builders, the High Court has issued a restraint order on the registration fee hike notification issued by the Odisha Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA).

The hearing came on a petition filed by the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (CREDAI).

As per the rule of the RERA, when a builder seeks permission to construct eight or more flats, he has to get the project registered. Earlier, to register their projects, the builders had to deposit Rs 10 per square meter.

But on July 28, 2022, the RERA issued a notification announcing that the registration fee has been hiked from Rs 10 to Rs 200.

Challenging this, the State chapter of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (CREDAI) moved the Orissa High Court, praying for the cancellation of the notification. They alleged in their petition that the RERA doesn’t have any right to hike fee. The government can instead do this.

While hearing the petition today, the State’s apex court directed the Odisha government and the RERA to furnish their responses.

The court also directed the RERA to deposit the money if collected in a bank account with accruing annual interest until the final judgment. If the final judgment goes against the RERA, the money will be refunded or vice versa.


In a first, MahaRERA brings in QR codes to help Homebuyers get Transparent Information

Homebuyers can now get details such as the progress of the construction, promoter’s name, hurdles in completion of a project, to registration date among other crucial details by just scanning a QR code on project registration certificates.

In a first-of-its-kind initiative, the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) started a QR-code-based technological service that will help homebuyers get transparent information in a single scan.

Last week, MahaRERA issued the first QR-code-based project registration certificate to the Gera Planet of Joy Project in Wagholi, Pune. All newly registered projects will carry the QR code. The authority will also install the QR code on older project registration certificates in a phased manner.

Homebuyers can simply scan this QR code on project registration certificates visible on MahaRERA portal and the scan will generate relevant information about the project, including the name of the project, the promoter’s name and details, the completion date, the registration date, the statutory approvals received by the project etc.

The QR-code scan will also provide critical information to buyers like any changes in the approved plan of the project, and any extensions given to the project’s validity, any recovery warrants issued against the project. Homebuyers will get to know if there are any problems with the finances and timely delivery of the project using the information on complaints and warrants issued against the project.

“Now, homebuyers can also get crucial information under Form 5. Under RERA norms, it is mandatory for developers to provide updated information about the construction progress and financial updates every quarter and half-yearly. Home buyers will be able to access this information by simply opening the registration certificates of newly registered projects and scanning the QR code,” said a MahaRERA official, adding that the registration certificates for older projects will also be updated with the QR-code over a period of time.

Over 40,000 projects are presently registered with MahaRERA out of which 11,099 are completed. Over 20,783 complaints have been filed, and 14,049 orders have been issued on these complaints.

Stealing a march over other states, MahaRERA was the only state RERA authority portal which went live on May 1, 2017, the day Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act 2016 came into existence. It is also the first to start the Conciliation Forum, an alternative grievance redressal mechanism where home buyers and developers can sit across the table with MahaRERA-appointed conciliators and settle complaints out of court. It was the first authority to geo-tag projects with information about social infrastructure around a registered project.


Smaller properties to come under West Bengal RERA guidelines

Smaller residential developments may be brought under the purview of the West Bengal Real Estate Regulatory Authority, or a separate law may be enacted to govern them.

The Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, has asked the housing department to consider the proposal so that homebuyers who are not currently covered by west bengal rera can also get some protection.

Susil Mohta, president of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (West Bengal), raised the issue of small-time local promoters bringing disrepute to the trade by defrauding homebuyers who had no protection, unlike larger developments covered by West Bengal RERA, during the interactive sessions.

“RERA is applicable to any project on 7 cottah or a minimum of eight units. Projects that are smaller than this, and there are many such developments in every neighbourhood, there is no regulation to stop the builders from not meeting their commitments. Hence, there are instances of developers handing over buildings without a completion certificate (CC), or selling the same unit to more than one buyer. We wanted the government to step in and hand given a draft proposal to the housing department on March 2 and raised the issue at the meeting with the CM,” Mr. Mohta said.

In a timely manner, CM Miss Banerjee addressed the issue and said she had also heard multiple reports of people being harassed by part-time promoters. Aroop Biswas, the housing minister, has been asked to take steps to protect homeowners’ rights and prevent promoter fraud.

CREDAI has proposed broadening the application of the law to include construction projects on lots greater than three cottah. Hence, projects with four to seven flats would be subject to the guidelines.

“The state government cannot relax the RERA guidelines but it can make it more stringent. While most of the large developers, including those affiliated with CREDAI, are compliant with regulations, the smaller developers who are not accountable tend to flout rules and bring a bad name to the industry,” Mr. Mohta added.