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RERA Provisions for On-going Projects in India

Narendra Kumar

| Updated: Jul 31, 2017 | Category: RERA Registration

RERA Provisions

We all know the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 was fully implemented from 1st May 2016. The primary objective behind the introduction of RERA was to organize the real estate sector, boost investment and protect the home buyers and investors. Among all these reasons, safeguarding the buyers is the main objective of its introduction. In this article post, we will discuss RERA Provisions for ongoing projects in India.

There has been a rapid increase in the developers, builder, and promoters who after the initial steps of attracting the customers and home buyers were ignoring the concerns of such buyers. And the complaints of such buyers were going unheard.

Main Features of RERA

  • Full disclosure by promoters to customers.
  • Registration of all the real estate sector players, including agents.
  • Regular updates by developers about their projects at regular intervals.
  • Proper disclosure by developers on their websites about all the projects.
  • Several fine and penalty provisions for non-compliance.
  • Deposit of 70% of the project cost in a separate bank account.

RERA Provisions for Ongoing Projects

All the industry players were required to get registered under the Regulatory Authority within 3 months from the implementation of RERA. They include the ongoing projects too. Ramesh Nair, CEO and Country Head, JLL India had said that “According to the RERA Act passed by Parliament last year, which was supposed to be implemented in its entirety in all states, every ongoing and under-construction project is supposed come under the regulator’s ambit.”

All the existing buyers who invested before the implementation can also breathe easy, as all the existing ongoing projects are covered under the scope of RERA. Current projects that have not received the completion certificate at the time of implementation of RERA, their information is required to be made public the following information:

  • Original sanctioned plans with specifications and changes made later,
  • Total amount collected
  • Money used
  • The original timeline for completion
  • The proposed timeline for completion.

Here, the key fact is if they have not received a completion certificate. Now the question is what is a completion certificate?

Completion Certificate

Once a project is completed, the developer or the stand-alone property owners are required to obtain a completion certificate for the same. Such completion certificate is issued by the authority once they are satisfied after the inspection of the constructed building or project that they are completed in line with the approved building plan and mandatory standards. And there is no contravention on the part of the developer or builder.

This completion certificate is a crucial piece of paper. As only after the issue of this certificate allotments can be made to the buyers. And all basic amenities depend upon this certificate. These amenities include sewage, drainage system, electricity, and water connections.

The Backlash of Buyers in Uttar Pradesh

Just last week, Uttar Pradesh RERA authority website was launched, and the definition provided on the website provides an escape route to many builder and developers.

By definition ‘ongoing project’ includes all those projects for which the authorities issue completion certificate. But a few exceptions which are not covered under this category of ongoing projects. These exceptions include:

  • Any projects which are handed over to the authorities for maintenance purpose and common area is handed over to Residential Welfare Association,
  • Projects where all development has been completed and sale-lease deeds of 60% of the project are finalized
  • And the developer or builder has submitted all the documents to the authorities with the application for a completion certificate.

As it acts as a loophole for the builders, there has been an exponential increase in the no of application submission for a completion certificate in the Noida and Greater Noida area. This means that a large no of real estate sector players will not be liable to be registered under RERA.

This leaves their customers and homeowners in jeopardy as they cannot reap the benefits of the RERA Act created primarily for their welfare. Many of the home buyers and flat owner associations have come together and complained about the same and have urged the local BJP MLA Pankaj Singh to look into the matter and proposed a review of the law in UP.

Noida Extension Flat Owners Welfare Association President Abhishek Kumar said that “He (Pankaj Singh) has assured us that a discussion with chief minister Yogi Adityanath has been held and the matter will be taken up at cabinet level so that the clause is modified to support the buyer’s interest.”

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Narendra Kumar

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