MahaRERA Introduces Minimum Specifications For Retirement Homes And Senior Citizen Housing Projects

The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) has announced comprehensive regulations and specifications for retirement and senior citizen housing, applicable across Maharashtra. These guidelines, detailed in a recent circular, focus on essential aspects such as building design, green building principles, lifts & ramps and safety and security.

Compliance with these minimum physical specifications is mandatory for executing these projects. Developers will now need to incorporate these provisions in the agreement for sale, as the regulation takes effect across Maharashtra.

Previously, in February, MahaRERA had issued a circular on draft model guidelines for retirement and senior citizen housing projects, inviting suggestions and views from stakeholders. The positive response led to the inclusion of several useful suggestions, enhancing and strengthening the final guidelines.

The draft guidelines were based on model guidelines issued by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. MahaRERA’s objective is to ensure a standardised code for all senior citizens’ housing projects, according to officials.

Key provisions include the requirement for all buildings with more than one floor to have an elevator accessible for wheelchairs and
mobility equipment.

Internal and external building designs that facilitate the free movement of wheelchairs, including ramps, door openings not less than 900 mm with a preference for sliding doors, lifts equipped with audio-visual signage, at least one elevator large enough to accommodate a stretcher and paramedic staff, and staircases with a width of not less than 1500 mm, among others.

These guidelines are now in effect in the state. Any future project proposal for senior citizen housing must comply with these guidelines during implementation, MahaRERA states.


MahaRERA Invites Suggestions On Draft Regulation For Quality Assurance

INTRODUCTION: The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) is soliciting feedback on its Draft Regulation for Quality Assurance, emphasizing the importance of proactive measures in ensuring the quality of construction. Under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016, MahaRERA is empowered to enforce standards that safeguard the interests of homebuyers.


1. LEGAL FRAMEWORK: Section 14(3) of the Act mandates promoters to rectify defects within a specified period. However, MahaRERA seeks to go beyond mere rectification by instating measures to prevent defects in the first place.

2. PROACTIVE APPROACH: MahaRERA’s focus is on quality assurance as a preemptive measure rather than a reactive one. By ensuring strict adherence to quality standards throughout the construction process, the aim is to minimize the occurrence of defects and subsequent rework.

3. QUALITY PARAMETERS: The proposed Quality Assurance Certificate encompasses four key parameters: Structural Design, Stability, and Testing Quality of Input Materials Quality of Workmanship Miscellaneous Factors

4. RESPONSIBILITY: The certificate, to be submitted annually, holds the promoter accountable for maintaining standards prescribed by MahaRERA. It emphasizes the importance of structural integrity, material quality, skilled labor, and adherence to regulatory requirements.

5. CONSULTATION PROCESS: MahaRERA invites stakeholders to provide suggestions and views on the draft regulation, underscoring the collaborative effort to enhance quality standards in the real estate sector.

CONCLUSION: MahaRERA’s initiative to solicit feedback on the Draft Regulation for Quality Assurance signifies a proactive stance towards ensuring high standards in real estate development. By incorporating preventive measures and rigorous quality checks, MahaRERA aims to instill confidence in homebuyers and elevate the reputation of the industry. Stakeholder participation is pivotal in shaping regulations that promote sustainable and quality-centric practices, ultimately benefitting both buyers and developers.

MahaRERA Makes Mandatory To Include All Details Related To Parking In Legal Documents

Complaints that MahaRERA receive are of various nature, such as, building’s beam obstructing parking of vehicle, vehicle cannot be parked in the parking, vehicle door cannot be opened to exit, manoeuvring space inadequate, etc.

Mumbai: Several complaints have been received by the Maharashtra RealEstate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) with regards to parking spaces sold and allocated by the developers. Taking serious cognizance of this and to prevent a recurrence, the housing regulator has made it mandatory to include all details related to parking as part of annexures to the Allotment Letter and Agreement for Sale.

The complaints that MahaRERA receive are of various nature, such as, building’s beam obstructing parking of vehicle, vehicle cannot be parked in the parking, vehicle door cannot be opened to exit, maneuvering space inadequate, etc.

MahaRERA has issued a model draft clause as per of circular’s annexure, to be included in the legal documents, which includes all the details regarding the parking lot number, parking length, height, width, location of the parking block, etc. in the building. This
standard clause is to prevent any ambiguity or disputes at a later stage and is mandatory for promoter to annex this with Allotment letter and Agreement for Sale.

Details of model agreement for sale, issued in december 2022

In the Model Agreement for Sale, issued in December 2022, mention of Force Majeure, Carpet Area, Defect Liability Period and Transfer Agreement have been made mandatory in every agreement for sale. Now, parking in another aspect that has been made non-negotiable and any changes made despite the consent of a homebuyer, will not be accepted by MahaRERA.

Therefore, MahaRERA insists on strict adherence to the circular and the standard draft clause stating complete details about a parking slot. This will prevent any inconvenience and agony over parking premises that a homebuyer otherwise faces after moving into a new residence.

MahaRERA To Launch Project Grading System To Enhance Homebuying Experience

MahaRERA’S project grading system aims to empower homebuyers with transparent insights into real estate projects

The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) had suggested last year, a project grading system in order to help homebuyers make an informed decision. That plan may soon see the light of the day, as MahaRERA is expected to launch the grading system soon.

The grading will be based on four key parameters—technical, financial, legal, and project overview; and will evaluate projects every six months in a bid to keep homebuyers aligned with the construction progress. As a part of this process, all projects launched from January 2023 onwards will be graded.

However, since this is still a pilot project, MahaRERA is expected to first provide project information/analysis without assigning a grade to the project. This information would enable homebuyers to evaluate if the project is on the right track; the actual grades could take a few more years to be rolled out.

Industry experts, however, also feel that a few more parameters should be taken into account in order to provide a holistic overview.

Some of the key parameters are as follows:

Construction Quality: Assessing the track record of the developer in terms of construction quality, materials used, and adherence to building codes and regulations.

Environmental and Sustainability Factors: Considering the project’s impact on the environment, its compliance with sustainability standards, and the incorporation of energy-efficient measures, waste management systems, and green building practices.

Track Record of Developer: Assessing the reputation and past performance of the developer, including timely completion of previous projects, compliance with regulatory norms, financial stability, and adherence to customer commitments.

Customer Feedback: Incorporating feedback from existing customers of the developer or similar projects to assess customer satisfaction, and after-sales service, and address any potential issues.

– Ritesh Mehta, senior director and head (North and West), residential services and developer initiative, JLL India

Promptly updating grades assigned to each project on MahaRERA’s website, explaining how each parameter is assessed and graded, ensuring that the website’s interface is user-friendly enabling homebuyers to check grades with ease, and an effective feedback mechanism for homebuyers to raise concerns or grievances related to project evaluations should be implemented to make this grading system more robust and effective. Additionally, engaging competent third-party agencies for these audits will make them more authentic,” adds Ravi Shankar Singh, managing director, of residential transaction services, at Colliers India.

“MahaRERA could also take initiatives to educate buyers on how to interpret these grades and reports, helping them understand what these evaluations mean for their investment. There should also be a clear and fair process for developers to appeal their grades if they believe the evaluation was not accurate or fair. MahaRERA could consider incentives for projects that achieve high grades, such as faster approval processes or recognition in MahaRERA publications, to encourage quality and compliance,” suggests Prashant Sharma, president, NAREDCO Maharashtra.

Developers are optimistic about this move, however, there are a few concerns, “The process of information seeking from developers for this rating should be minimalistic in its philosophy, as developers are already providing a vast amount of data for RERA registration. An ideal way would be to integrate the data requirement in one place rather than two separate data requirements. It should also be mandatory for every developer to display the project rating prominently along with the RERA registration number,” suggests Harmohan Sahni, CEO, Raymond Realty. “Overall, the sector will benefit from this proactive approach, which fosters responsible practices and builds trust between buyers and developers,” concludes Manju Yagnik, senior vice president, NAREDCO Maharashtra.

More developers filing timely quarterly reports after strict warning: MahaRERA

The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority’s (MahaRERA) strict action against erring developers violating RERA rules have resulted in developers filing the quarterly progress reports (QPR) on the MahaRERA portal on their own, the authority said in a statement.

The quarterly progress report (QPR) provides quarterly updates on project status to home buyers and prospective investors about the way the project will be developed. It is imperative that all developers registered under the RERA update the QPR on time. However, even after notices on strict actions, a sizable number of developers don’t update their QPR page on the MahaRERA portal.

The MahaRERA had taken stringent action against developers including serving notices on suspending their projects in January 2023 when the ratio was 2 out of 746 developers (0.03%) complying with MahaRERA. In June 2023, the number improved with 333 out of 633 developers (52.6%) following the rules mentioned under the RERA Act and filing QPRs on time.

“In order to closely and effectively monitor these regulatory provisions, MahaRERA has implemented a financial quarter-based project progress reporting system from the first quarter of the projects registered from January 2023. MahaRERA has also taken action to suspend direct registration of projects that do not submit quarterly forms,” mentioned Ajoy Mehta, chairman, MahaRERA, according to media reports.

MAHARERA Collabs with ASCI to Identify Non-Compliant Real Estate Developers

In a significant move towards enhancing transparency and accountability in the real estate sector, the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MAHARERA) has entered into a collaboration with the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI). The partnership aims to identify and address non-compliance issues among real estate developers, reinforcing regulatory measures and ensuring adherence to established standards.

The collaboration between MAHARERA and ASCI is designed to scrutinize advertising content and promotional materials used by real estate developers. By leveraging ASCI’s expertise in advertising standards, the initiative seeks to identify instances of non-compliance with regulations and ethical standards within the real estate advertising space.

The partnership is expected to empower regulatory authorities to take corrective actions against developers found in violation of advertising norms. This proactive approach aligns with MAHARERA’s commitment to creating a fair and transparent real estate market by holding developers accountable for accurate and responsible advertising.

As the real estate sector continues to evolve, the collaboration with ASCI provides a mechanism to ensure that consumers receive accurate and reliable information about property offerings. The initiative also contributes to the overall credibility of the real estate industry by addressing concerns related to misleading advertising and promoting a culture of responsible marketing practices.

Stakeholders, including homebuyers, real estate developers, and industry observers, will closely monitor the outcomes of this collaboration and the impact it has on promoting transparency in the real estate advertising domain. MAHARERA’s partnership with ASCI is a noteworthy step in enhancing consumer protection and reinforcing ethical standards within the real estate sector in Maharashtra.


MahaRERA Simplifies Registration Process

In a significant move, Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MaharERA) has streamlined the registration process for builders with over 50 housing units. The initiative aims to simplify the administrative procedures, making it more convenient for large-scale developers to comply with regulations.

Under the new guidelines, builders overseeing projects with more than 50 housing units can now complete their registration at their doorstep, eliminating unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles. This progressive step by MaharERA aligns with the government’s ongoing efforts to promote transparency and efficiency in the real estate sector.

The simplification of the registration process is expected to benefit both builders and homebuyers. Builders will experience a more streamlined and efficient registration, saving time and resources. On the other hand, homebuyers can anticipate quicker approvals and enhanced accountability from developers.

This move comes at a crucial time for the real estate industry, as it navigates challenges and adapts to changing market dynamics. By reducing bureaucratic complexities, MaharERA aims to boost the overall growth of the sector, attracting more investments and fostering a conducive environment for real estate development.


MahaRERA To Launch An Improved Portal In February

In a move to enhance transparency and efficiency in the real estate sector, the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) is gearing up to launch its new regulatory portal, MahaRERA Complaint and Regulatory Integrated Technology Implementation (MahaRERA CRITI), in February 2024. The upgraded website aims to simplify the home purchasing process for both homebuyers and developers, offering a more user-friendly experience.

Streamlined Grievance Redressal:

MahaRERA CRITI will facilitate easy navigation for users, providing a streamlined grievance redressal process. The portal will include a dedicated section called ‘project health summary,’ offering critical project-related information, including the current status, to existing and potential customers. This feature aims to enhance transparency in ongoing projects.

Efficient Document Upload for Developers:

The new platform will also simplify the document submission process for developers, who are required to file quarterly reports (Forms 1, 2, and 3) and an annual report (Form 5). This enhancement is expected to make the submission of statutory information smoother and more efficient.

Temporary Unavailability of Current Website:

During the transition to the new system, the current MahaRERA website, which has been operational for five years since the implementation of the RERA Act in the state, will be temporarily unavailable for a brief period due to technical reasons.

Improved User Experience:

The initiative to upgrade the website aligns with MahaRERA’s commitment to adapt to the evolving property market scenario. The new features aim to offer a more user-friendly experience, catering to the needs of homebuyers and developers alike.

The MahaRERA-CRITI website is expected to be fully operational by the end of February, heralding a new era of efficiency and transparency in the real estate regulatory landscape.


‘One project, one MahaRERA no.’ to protect home buyers

MahaRERA has come out with ‘one standalone project, One MahaRERA number’ policy to safeguard the interests of home buyers. Under this policy, the promoters while applying for a new registration need to submit an undertaking stating that the proposed project does not have any MahaRERA registration number for the full project or part of it or any pending application.

The policy is aimed at preventing home buyers from being cheated after instances of developers obtaining two or more MahaRERA registration numbers for the same or part of a real estate project came to light. However, in the case of a project on a large plot, developers will be allowed to obtain separate registration numbers for various phases. Common or special amenities such as recreation facilities, playground, parking, internal road, swimming pool, club house and gymnasium need to be categorically and unambiguously specified for every phase of the project in the application for a new MahaRERA registration number.

According to MahaRERA, promoters apply for registration of their project to be executed on a particular plot of land even when there is a subsisting pending application for registration of a real estate project on the same project land or part of land or when there already exists a real estate project registered with MahaRERA being executed on the very same project land or part of land. There also have been instances where the landowner has contracted with more than one promoter.

Where development is being carried out in a large plot or a layout and MahaRERA registration is sought for buildings, the developer cannotamend amenities such as recreation ground, parking, internal roads, gymnasium and swimming pool as well as public amenities such as amenity plot in the layout already registered with MahaRERA. Any reservation on the plot as declared by authorities can’t be changed without approval of authorities and consent of allottees.


MahaRERA Mandates Certification For Real Estate Agents: Effective January 1, 2024

In a significant move to enhance transparency and professionalism in the real estate sector, the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) has made it mandatory for real estate agents to possess a valid certificate from the authority to operate. This directive comes into effect from January 1, 2024.

New Certification Requirement
MahaRERA’s decision applies to both new agents seeking registration and existing agents renewing their registration. The move is part of the authority’s efforts to address challenges faced by agents who often operate without formal education or training.

Strict Actions for Non-Compliance
MahaRERA has warned that non-compliance with the new regulation, including conducting real estate transactions without a MahaRERA certificate, will result in stringent actions. This measure aims to ensure that agents possess essential knowledge about the laws, rules, regulations, and procedures related to property sales.

Training and Certification Initiatives
The regulatory body had earlier mandated training and certification for agent registrations and renewals, with around 8,000 agents having qualified through three examinations conducted until now. Despite multiple extensions, some agents were yet to undergo the mandated training.

eadline for Compliance: January 1, 2024
MahaRERA has now made it clear that starting from January 1, 2024, new agents will not be allowed to register or renew without a MahaRERA certificate. The newly implemented regulations also encompass individuals affiliated with developers and those engaged in related responsibilities.

Emphasis on Transparency and Compliance
MahaRERA emphasises that these measures are actively implemented to foster a more transparent and compliant real estate sector. Developers are expected to mention the names of trained agents on their portal to ensure smooth transactions.

The certification mandate by MahaRERA signifies a pivotal step towards elevating industry standards and ensuring that real estate agents possess vital knowledge about the RERA Act provisions. Effective January 1, 2024, this move aims to create a more transparent and trustworthy real estate ecosystem, ultimately benefiting consumers in their decision-making process.