Maharera Tells Builder To Pay Buyer For Delay In Giving Flat

The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) has directed the builder of Godrej 24, a Hinjawadi-based project, to pay an interest amount for a delay in giving possession of a flat to an Army officer.

The officer had moved a petition against Pearlite Real Properties Private Limited also for providing him a stack parking slot while promising a covered car parking.

Lieutenant Colonel Pratap Rajnish Singh booked a flat in a project known as Godrej 24 in 2017. According to the terms and conditions mentioned in the agreement, the date of possession promised by the builder was September 30, 2021. Later, the builder obtained an extension for the said project as a grace period till September 30, 2022. However, the possession was given to the complainant in January 2023.

Singh had moved MahaRERA in this regard. Recently, the MahaRERA coram Mahesh Pathak partly allowed the complaint and directed the builder to pay interest for the delay from October 2022 for every month till the actual date of possession of the said flat to Singh till January 2023 on the actual amount paid by the complainant towards the consideration of the said flat at the rate of Marginal Cost Lending Rate (MCLR) of SBI plus 2% as prescribed under the provisions of Section 18 of the RERA.

Advocate Gandhar Sonis, who appeared on behalf of the complainant, highlighted that several issues like car parking and water supply etc. were still not solved despite the complainant making regular and timely payments to the builder.

The issue of car parking was solved only when the complaint was filed with MahaRERA. As per the mandate of Section 18(1) of RERA, which clearly states that “if the allottee does not intend to withdraw from the project, he shall be paid by the builder interest for every month of delay till the handing over of the possession at such rate as may be prescribed”, has to be taken into consideration and the legislative intent behind granting interest for delayed possession should not frustrate.

The respondent reiterated the facts stated in the written submission. Additionally, the respondent contended that the said project was constructed as per the approved plans and the contentions of the complainant to provide amenities as per brochure is false and no material record is placed on record.

The respondent stated that proper water connection and gas connection are provided in the said building as per the sanctioned plans and the project is complete in all aspects within time. Hence, the complaint of the complainant be dismissed.
The Occupancy Certificate (OC) for the said project was obtained on March 20, 2023, and the possession was offered to them in September 2022.

But after perusing the entire record the MahaRERA observed that the Builder failed to show any cogent documentary proof on record that they ever intimated the said OC to the complainant and offered possession of the said flat with OC despite directions being given to it.

The MahaRERA also put forth light on Section 19(10) of the RERA which provides that “every allottee shall take physical possession of the flat within a period of two months of the occupancy certificate issued for the said building”.