Property buyers are confused by another judgement over the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) Act, it says that a building is not required to be registered under RERA if it is already occupied by the residents but the occupancy certificate is still pending. Approximately there are 20,000 buildings in Mumbai that don’t have Occupancy Certificate but thousands of occupants are living their.
President of Maharashtra Society Welfare Association, Ramesh Prabhu revealed that there are more than three lakh buildings across the state that lack an OC.
These projects didn’t received the certificate due to many conflicts over that land. These residents need to approach higher authorities to file a complaint against their residential projects because they are not needed to be registered under RERA.
Buyers have criticised this act which has left the occupants of those buildings which do not have Occupancy certificate in confusion. Ghatkopar resident, Jay Shah said
We are already living in our houses and our building does not have an occupancy certificate. What if we want to register any complaints regarding this project in future with RERA? RERA will dismiss our plea straight away on the grounds of non-registration of project.
Developers across the state were supposed to register their ongoing and upcoming projects under RERA before July 31. Addressing the complaint of a property buyer in which the builder has not registered his project under RERA, the committee said in its last hearing that the mentioned building is not a part of the project registered with MahaRERA. RERA said that since it was not registered with us, the matter was dismissed for want of jurisdiction.
The complainant, Sejal Gandhi alleged that the developer has not registered her residential building Kamla Vihar at Kandivali (West) with Maharashtra RERA despite of not having the occupancy certificate for the building. She told that builder has not mentioned her name in the occupant’s list displayed on the display board.
Builder’s representative argued that the said building isn’t a part of the project registered with RERA. He also claimed that Sejal is neither a member of Kamla Vihar society nor a buyer in the residential building and said that her father is the actual buyer. Gandhi agreed to this and requested for the inclusion of her father’s name on the display board, to which the builder agreed. The developer was directed by the committee to add the name in the list within seven days.